The Remaking Cities Institute (RCI) and Quaker Valley Council of Governments (QVCOG) Route 65 Corridor Project has been selected to receive support by Mobility 21, the US Department of Transportation supported University Transportation Center at Carnegie Mellon University. This award serves as a challenge grant for RCI and QVCOG to raise the additional funds to complete the project, slated to commence in July 2018. Click here to read a one-pager about this project.
While residents of the Quaker Valley COG area are well familiar with "The Boulevard," in fact, a comprehensive evaluation of its impacts, both pro and con, on the communities has not been performed. Until recently the definition of a highway corridor was not well-established. Recent research on the types of corridors, as well as technological change, now allows us to look at the impact of Route 65 on the various types of communities that align it. As Don Carter, Director of RCI succinctly put it at the QVCOG Annual Dinner last October, we are looking at the opportunity to finally "tame the highway."
The Route 65 Corridor project will encompass QVCOG communities as well as 7 additional in Beaver County. Projects relating to safety, economic development, infrastructure, land use, marketing and promotion, multi-modal transportation, accessibility and more are potential outcomes of this study. Look for an upcoming launch in July, 2018. Contact Susan Hockenberry, Executive Director, to learn how you can get involved in this project.