The Smart Growth Partnership (SGP) initiated a planning process with local planners and community stakeholders. The result is a vision and plan for the 40-mile stretch of the historic “Lincoln Highway” that connects the historic small cities and growing suburbs east of Pittsburgh to the scenic Laurel Highlands. The US Route 30 Master Plan has become a strategic blueprint for Westmoreland County’s economic growth corridor. It utilizes sound land use and transportation planning approaches. It leads to cost-conscious investment priorities, intelligent strategies for congestion management, multi-municipal development regulations and design guidelines.
With the assistance of then-Pennsylvania State Senator Bob Regola, the SGP was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to begin the project.
The project kicked-off with the Route 30 Summit on January 27, 2006 with Secretary of Transportation, Allen Biehler, as keynote speaker.