C O M M I S S I O N N E W S R E L E A S E
Agnello (724) 755-5262, (724) 755-5142 fax
June 20, 2002
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has hired Greenhorne & O’Mara, Inc.,
a multidisciplinary consulting firm, to examine the storm water management
system for the section of the Mon/Fayette Expressway just north of
Interstate 70 near Charleroi in Washington County.
flooding the afternoon of June 13 caused extensive damage to homes,
businesses and other structures along a one-mile stretch of Old Route 71
adjacent to Maple Creek. Dual bridges nearly 200 feet high carry the
expressway over this portion of the Maple Creek valley in Fallowfield
residents in the area believe the presence of the expressway and the dual
bridges contributed to the flooding, which occurred after two to three
inches of rain fell during a three-hour period.
of the consulting firm will meet with Turnpike officials today on site to
begin their work.
Executive Director John T. Durbin said, “We are concerned and extremely
sorry about the damage and duress that area residents suffered because of
recent flooding. We feel it is essential to obtain an expert, broadly
researched environmental analysis of the occurrence and all the factors that
could have contributed to the flooding.”
noted that state Senators J. Barry Stout and Richard A. Kasunic, as well as
state Representative Peter J. Daley, have asked whether the expressway may
have been a factor in the flash flooding.
Commission Vice Chairman James J. Dodaro of White Oak, Allegheny County
said, “It is important to us that residents of the mid-Mon Valley consider
the Turnpike a good neighbor. We have asked for a thorough, objective review
of the situation because we believe that is our responsibility to these
communities. If we need to fix something, we will.”
& O’Mara will assess the design and performance of the expressway’s
drainage system in the area where flooding occurred, gather detailed
information about weather conditions and the amount of rainfall that day and
examine the slopes of the highway and other pertinent conditions along Maple
Creek and Old Route 71.
Founded in 1950, the firm is
headquartered in Greenbelt, MD and has 20 branch offices. The Turnpike
Commission’s contact regarding the report will be the company’s office
in Mechanicsburg, PA.
part of the Mon/Fayette Expressway system (Turnpike 43) that spans Maple
Creek and Old Route 71 (Maple Creek Road) opened on May 11, 2001.
P.O. Box 67676, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7676 Phone: (717) 939-9551 Fax: (717) 986-9649