Funded study would brainstorm future of Route 65

The road stretches through 19 communities along the east bank of the Ohio River. Hockenberry said the portion of road to be studied starts around the McKees Rocks Bridge and ends in Rochester Borough in Beaver County.

Bringing smart tech to more rural roads is an area of study that Mobility 21, a United States Department of Transportation University Transportation Center, finds important. The center recently awarded the project a $90,000 grant.

“Recently there’s been a lot of attention on what is referred to as smart tech for mobility, and how that can be applied to cities and an urban area,” said Stan Caldwell, Mobility 21’s executive director.