CONNECTOR – FAST FACTS
- Gov. Edward
G. Rendell was the keynote speaker for a groundbreaking
ceremony held Nov. 12, 2003 near Pittsburgh International
Airport. Informally named for Findlay Township, Allegheny
County, this new six-mile toll road technically is the Southern
Beltway Project from Pa. Route 60 to U.S. Route 22. It extends
south from the Route 60 Expressway at Pittsburgh International
Airport to U.S. Route 22 in Robinson Township, Washington
- Construction began in November 2003.
The limited-access, interstate-grade toll road opened for
traffic on October 11, 2006. Among the dignitaries on hand
for the ribbon-cutting were Gov. Rendell, state Senator
J. Barry Stout and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato.
- Direct access in and out of Pittsburgh
International Airport and a full choice of movements onto
and off of Route 60 is provided at the northern terminus
of the project. Other interchanges are at U.S. Route 30,
at Burgettstown/Bald Knob Road and at U.S. Route 22.
- Travel time to the airport is reduced
substantially for traffic originating near the stretch of
Route 22 in Robinson Township, Washington County and for
traffic coming from the west, including the Weirton, W.Va.
and Steubenville, Ohio areas.
- Opening year traffic is averaging 2,000
to 3,000 trips per day. Traffic volumes are expected to
exceed 30,000 trips per day by 2025 assuming the rest of
the Southern Beltway is open.
- The Findlay Connector, which carried
a total cost of approximately $240 million, is the one of
three Southern Beltway projects being developed by the Turnpike
Commission under directive from the Pennsylvania General
- Ultimately, the 32-mile beltway will
connect with Interstate 79 (after swinging around McDonald)
at the Allegheny/Washington County line between Bridgeville
and Southpointe, and with the existing Mon/Fayette Expressway
(Turnpike Route 43) near Finleyville in eastern Washington
- The Southern Beltway and Mon/Fayette
Projects are designed to improve mobility and access, relieve
overburdened highways carrying more traffic than they were
designed for, and complement other infrastructure investments
to make southwestern Pennsylvania more attractive to prospective
residents, investors and job providers.