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Bedford Inquirer (Newspaper) - July 2, 1971, Bedford, Pennsylvania Stu rate established 1812158th 51 Bedford july 1971 Rood to nowhere open fervent prayer asks Road continue North by Ned Frear a Elvin r Walper figuratively doffed both his As a Man of god and As chairman of the county appalachian thruway to Pray at the opening of the Bedford bypass project thursday with the dead end of the Road to nowhere just North of the speakers Walper offered this fervent prayer our that As we look across the Fields to the we might be numbered with a oses of whom god took to mount Nebo and showed him the promised land and thou has seen it with thine but thou Shalt not go Over his prayer that our children May go Over beyond and that the dream of our Brothers of yesterday May be the realization of our children a Host of officials from and the surrounding heard Secretary of transportation Jacob Kassab say that hoped improvements would Kassab used a pair of Golden shears to Cut a Bright red officially opening the million with the terminus of the Road to nowhere just beyond the Bridges Over his left state transportation Secretary Jacob Kassab said thursday morning he hoped financial difficulties would be resolved in due time so that there will be no serious interruption of Federal and municipal officials joined the Secretary on the platform near Cessna to Mark the official opening of the million Kassab too excerpts from the remarks of Secretary Jacob Kassab this major built at a Cost in excess of 22 million dramatically improves traffic movement and driving safety at one of Pennsylvania most strategic and historic Road transportation 1 bring you greetings from governor who regrets a Busy schedule prevents him from participating in these he extends Best wishes and congratulations upon the completion of More than 15 Miles of new Highway comprising the various projects involved in these Highway improvements like the Bedford bypasses warrant top priorities to Cope with the steady increase of motor vehicles on the nations statistics recently announced by the depart ment of transportation show each Day eight thousand More passenger trucks and busses take to americas to set gets hot Bedford firemen were called to the Pepper Home in to Day town at a to set was reported hot but there was no apparent for now has close to six million registered motor ranking fifth in the country in this this tremendous increase of the motor vehicle population Points up the urgency of developing a balanced and integrated transportation it is a Challenge the Pennsylvania department of transportation is now our Highway needs Are Paramount and must not be but there must be full understanding that More new Road facilities alone wont solve All the in Urban Penn Dot is utilizing the Best expertise at its command to provide adequate mass transit better rail transportation also is an urgent Here Penn Dot is vigorously pursuing its efforts in this without a balanced transportation traffic strangulation May Well concerning the commonwealths Highway the appalachian thruway and modernization of the Lincoln Highway Are among the vital improvements which Penn Dot although the department is seriously handicapped at present by acute financial i Hope these difficulties will be resolved in due time so that there will be no serious interruption of completion of the Bedford bypasses which we celebrate today eliminates existing hazardous conditions and traffic congestion in Bedford and also on old route 220 South of the in the bypasses eliminate a dangerous condition at the Junction of Pitt and Richards which is the intersection of old route 30 and from the Borough past the Bedford Springs hotel and resort old route 220 has been the scene of numerous accidents including some fatalities because of the narrow pavement and twisting the improvement likewise eliminates this the improvements provide an improved and additional Access to Bedford and the Pennsylvania turn the area on present traffic route in the Vicinity of the was inadequate due to the heavy volume of truck traffic using the As Well As the Large number of business establishments in this state minority Leader Stanley Stroup said it is our ardent dream that the Road will continue to the North Stroup praised Secretary Kassab As a Cor cooperative Man who knows his we know hell do everything in his Power to and promised Well help you to know our so they can be for the at planning on the connecting sections has been halted due to a Lack of state a bottleneck in Blair county has been and some million in construction is planned within the Many feel that once the Blair county work is the links will be planned and dignitaries introduced at the platform included Percy foor Colson Altoona member of the transportation planning commission John District Federal Highway Harrisburg Superior court judge Colvin Wright Bedford county judge Richard Snyder state police Louis Johnson Calvin Rich wine Robert chief Turnpike Ken Turnpike District planning and development commission Paul det president of the contracting firm Dale Detwiler Robert Over and William All with the new Enterprise firm Stanton Over and John representing Gwin engineering Paul president of the contracting firm which completed the South leg Robert vice president for Maryland of the appalachian thruway association Charles Stutz chairman of the Allegheny chapter county commissioners Robert Sweet and Elmer Claycomb sheriff Wayne Manspeaker prothonotary de Daugherty mayors Studebaker and Chester Karns Everett councilman Buchanan District Penn Dot Engineer Thomas Colantino Joe Cambria county com missioner George Johnstown City Council Highway county Highway superintendent Wilson and William the Bedford High school band braved the heat in uniform to perform Bedford Jaycees decorated the Studebaker truck platform and members of the thruway association and Bedford development Council made Foster Plant site of theft state police in Bedford Friday continued to search for thieves who last weekend stole Worth of tools and equipment from the Foster company Plant off 30 West of major items stolen and their value Are As follows six drawer tool Box and Sander and overhead Spray half Inch and two air

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