Mon/Fayette Expressway Projects
Completion of the Mon/Fayette Expressway
would provide faster and safer travel options for the through
traffic, particularly commercial vehicles, that now use
existing arteries such as PA Routes 51, 88, 48, 148, 885, and
857; as well as U.S. Routes 119 and 40 (National Road).
The PTC identified four independent but interconnected
projects to complete the Mon/Fayette Expressway between I-376
in Pittsburgh and Monroeville and I-68 near Morgantown, WV.
These projects are PA Route 51 to I-376 in Allegheny County,
I-70 to PA Route 51 in Washington and Allegheny Counties,
Uniontown to Brownsville Area in Fayette and Washingotn
Counties, and I-68 to PA Route 43 "Mason-Dixon Link" in
Fayette County and Monongalia County, WV. The 6.2-mile PA side
of the Mason-Dixon Link opened in March 2000. The southern 1.6
miles in Pennsylvania and the 4.2 miles in West Virginia will
open when West Virginia completes it construction south of the
PA line in 2010. The 17-mile I-70 to Pa Route 51 Project
opened in in its entirety in April 2002. Phase I of the
Uniontown to Brownsville Project opened in October 2008. Phase
II is under construction with an anticipating opening in 2012.
Two other parts of the Mon/Fayette Expressway system, built by
PenDOT, have been open to traffic for sometime. The six miles
of Turnpike 43 south from I-70 to U.S. Route 40 opened in
October 1990. The four-mile, non-tolled PA Route 43 Chadville
Demonstration Project south of Uniontown opened in November
Southern Beltway Projects
The Southern Beltway would form an arc
about 30 miles long, with a radius reaching approximately 15
miles out from Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle. It would improve
access and east-west mobility between the Mon Valley and the
Pittsburgh International Airport. The three Southern Beltway
projects are as follows: Pa Route 60 to U.S. Route 22, U.S.
Route 22 to Interstate 79, and Interstate 79 to the
Mon/Fayette Expressway. The PA Route 60 to U.S. Route 22
Project (Findlay Connector) was the first to open to traffic
on October 11, 2006.