29+ years - U.S. Rt.15-- 4 Lane Highway Finally Coming!!!-- History Repeats
Today's Corning Leader(9/20/09 has an article in a corner on the front page stating
"Groundbreaking for U.S.15 Expansion Set"
The ceremony will be at 11 A.M. at the Intersection of Rt.15 and the Watson Creek Road.
This construction will be the future I 99 and is the 5 mile section of the present 2 lane highway in the Town of Lindley. In 1970,4 lanes were completed to Presho and in 2008, Pennsylvania opened an 80 mile - 4 lane section from Williamsport to Lawrenceville,Penna. Pennsylvania, also, continued the 4 lanes into New York State one mile (1) to the Rt. 15 and Watson CreeK Road Intersection as part of the I-99 Project. So the only section still 2 lanes is from Presho to the Watson Creek Road --the scene of numerous accidents over the years. .
The project is expected to be finished in 2012.
An interesting fact found in the Wellsboro,Pennsylvania Green Library Newspaper Archives
The Wellsboro Agitatordated August 8,1927 has the headlines
The Work Drags on the Presho RoadThe article is about the construction of the first concrete road which became the present U.S. Rt.15. The question was raised as to whether or not the contractors would finish the 4 miles from Presho,N.Y. to Lawrenceville,Pennsylvania-that fall-citing reasons the project was taking so long. It states " In Pennsylvania between Williamsport and Philedelphia or Washington, there is one short stretch of unimproved road. It will be finished next month and at that time the Presho link will be the only stretch of unimproved road between Washington and Phildelphia and Buffalo. Sound familiar?
History has a way of repeating itself.