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WATCH: Drone video of the north end of US 219 expressway

After PennDOT announced the opening of the long-awaited new section of U.S. 219 between Somerset and Meyersdale, we wondered: What about the north end of the expressway?

After the expansion this year, 219 is an expressway between Meyersdale and Ebensburg, but it becomes a two-lane road again north of the borough.

PennDOT told 6 News Wednesday that plans to extend the four-lane section farther than where it is now died after estimated production costs soared to nearly a billion dollars. Instead of extending 219 to Interstate 80 or even farther north, PennDOT identified SR 36 as "a better north/south alternative."

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