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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission opened
the six-mile Southern Beltway Project from Pa. Route 60 to
U.S. Route 22, also known as the Findlay Connector and formally
designated as Pa. Turnpike 576, on October 11, 2006.
The Findlay Connector, which mainly traverses
Findlay Township, Allegheny County, extends south from the
Route 60 Expressway at the airport to U.S. Route 22 in Robinson
Township, Washington County.
Drivers can enter Turnpike 576 from Pittsburgh
International Airport or the Pa. Route 60 Expressway, U.S.
Route 30 between Clinton and Imperial, Burgettstown Road and
from U.S. Route 22 just west of the Candor Road overpass.
The PA Turnpike's electronic fare collection
system (E-ZPass) is functional at all six fare collection
locations serving the Findlay Connector. Dual-height, automated
machines are utilized at all fare collection locations for
non E-ZPass customers.
All vehicles using the Findlay Connector
one direction will pass through fare collection at one of
the following locations: the westbound on-ramp or eastbound
off-ramp at Burgettstown Road and the westbound on-ramp or
eastbound off ramp at Route 30. No vehicle can be tolled more
than once using the Findlay Connector one direction.
Costs for the project totaled approximately
$225 million. Construction involved 21 new bridges, more than
11.3 million cubic yards of excavation, 313,000 sq. yards
of new concrete pavement and 101,400 ft. of new drainage pipe.
Some 8.2 acres of replacement wetlands were constructed in
Independence Township, Beaver County and turned over to the
Beaver County Conservation District. The project has proved
to be a catalyst for the construction of long-term treatment
systems for acid mine drainage affecting the Montour Run Watershed.
And, embedded along the highway is a very high bandwidth fiber
optic line capable of bringing voice, data and video services
to serve the PA Turnpike Commission and the needs of nearby