U.S. DOE report says Columbus-Pittsburgh corridor “key” to region’s economic development

The U.S. Department of Energy’s recent Appalachian Energy and Petrochemical Renaissance Report cites the Columbus to Pittsburgh Corridor project “as one that would support economic growth and diversification in the Appalachian Region when completed,” the Coshocton Tribune reports. The Columbus-Pittsburgh Corridor Association (CPCA) hopes this finding “will help to drive a new feasibility study on the proposal” to have the 160-mile stretch between the two cities “be four lanes the entire way,” according to the article. The report notes, “[w]hile the emergence of the shale gas industry has created extraordinary opportunities, it has also placed significant unanticipated stress on the highway infrastructure and on many secondary roads. Further expansion of the petrochemical and manufacturing sectors would benefit from a greater level of transportation infrastructure.”

Economic Development, State Updates