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GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

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Define a study area. Analyze existing conditions. Identify key issues currently affecting the Corridor and that could affect the Corridor in the future. Create a guiding vision for the Route 31 West Corridor. Improve roadway safety. Preserve the Corridor’s pastoral setting and scenic views.

Protect properties along the Corridor from future adverse impacts associated with increased traffic development.

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Develop design guidelines to help stakeholders preserve and improve upon the existing pastoral, scenic charact the Corridor.

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Suggest recommendations that will aid in implementing the vision (as outlined in this document).

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ROUTE 31 WEST CORRIDOR DESIGN GUIDE

DRAFT: MARCH 2009

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INTRODUCTION BACKGROUND

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s it winds through the mostly rural Jefferson and Somerset Townships of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, Route

31 West is a two-lane roadway with a painted center divider line and variable shoulder widths. Land uses along the roadway range from open spaces, farms, and parks to industries,

businesses, resorts, and residential homes.

Historically, Glades Pike played a vital role in the development of Somerset County. Beginning first as a Native American trail, the roadway transitioned into a toll road in the 1800s to provide funding for its maintenance. Many towns and villages were then formed along the road, such as Bakersville and Lavansville in Jefferson and Somerset Townships.

Jefferson and Somerset Townships have n in place, so controlling how properties al used is largely left to property owners. Bas in Pennsylvania and other states, uncon development can occur in gateway highw to major tourism destinations, particula few development controls. Very often development can detract from authentic c create transportation-related problems, a the unique landscape in the surrounding

Recognizing the potential for uncontrol occur along the Route 31 West Corrido Somerset County and Jefferson and S along with property owners and other stak comprehensive public process wherein con on a general vision for land use and design roadway.

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