WASHINGTON COUNTY - Officials from six states, including Maryland, have formed a coalition that will advocate for funding and improvements along Interstate 81.
The I-81 Corridor Coalition also hopes to create a Web site that can alert drivers about roadwork and delays along the road, said James F. Kercheval, a Washington County Commissioner who is a member of the coalition.
Kercheval, Washington County Director of Special Projects Gary W. Rohrer and Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director Robert Gordon are the coalition's three Maryland representatives.
The coalition also includes members from New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
The group recently convened in Carlisle, Pa., for a two-day conference where coalition members discussed the coalition's goals and structure.
Kercheval said the coalition's goals are two-pronged: To draw state and federal funding for improvements along I-81, and to serve as a resource for people who drive the road every day.