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Funds to aid Everett business park

West Providence Township has been awarded $2,051,960 from the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Local Access Road Program to construct an extension of Industrial Boulevard within the Everett Area Business Park.

The new, 0.19-mile roadway will extend from Industrial Boulevard to Armory Street and will provide a secondary access point for traffic, as well as provide access to additional acreage within the business park.

The project, Industrial Boulevard Extension, will improve the efficiency and safety for the business park traffic. The improvements will provide a secondary access point into the park, which could attract new businesses into the park. It is projected that the expanded development opportunity will support 200 to 250 new jobs once the site is completely built out.

“Improving access to the Everett Area Business Park with investments in this vital infrastructure will create economic growth opportunities in West Providence Township and across Bedford County,” said U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District, in a statement. “Supporting our local industries and workforce is key to our region’s economic success, and I thank the leaders of West Providence Township, Bette Slayton and her team at the Bedford County Development Association, and Brandon Peters of the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission for their dedicated work to secure support for

this project.”

The application was prepared by Zack Lee, the Regional Planner at Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission, in coordination with West Providence Township, PennDOT District 9, and the Bedford County Development Association.

“This infrastructure project creates great opportunities for expansion in the Everett Area Business Park,” said Brandon Peters, transportation program manager for Southern Alleghenies, in a statement. “We appreciate the ARC’s willingness to fund quality transportation and access projects in the Southern Alleghenies Region. We hope to continue to seek out opportunities for partnership with ARC on local access road projects.”

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