Kathy Liebler

Manager, Public Affairs & Media Relations

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Joe Agnello (724) 755-5262,  (724) 755-5142 fax
e-mail: jagnello@paturnpike.com

November 15, 2002


The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s newest mainline toll facility, located on the Mon/Fayette Expressway in southeastern Allegheny County, was one of the 2002 Design Award winners selected by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Pittsburgh).

It was one of three projects recognized with an Honor Award during ceremonies held recently at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall.

CelliFlynnBrennan, Inc. of Pittsburgh, headed by Thomas C. Celli, AIA, performed the architectural design of the plaza as a subcontractor to general project designer Wilbur Smith Associates. Gregory Walker served as project manager for CelliFlynnBrennan, Inc.

A & L, Inc. of Belle Vernon was the general contractor for construction. Ken Slippey, Mike Houser and Chris David served as the Turnpike’s liaison engineers.

The $7.6 million facility, just south of the current northern terminus of the Mon/Fayette system at Pa. Route 51 in Jefferson Hills Borough, was designed to fit the Turnpike’s desire for a “new image” mainline structure that would be “physically pleasing to customers as well as safe and cost effective.”

It provides 10 fare collection lanes – three lanes served by automated machines on either side of an open middle where two travel lanes in each direction eventually will offer electronic fare collection at highway speed.

The most striking feature of the facility is an overhead pedestrian bridge, instead of the usual service tunnel, allowing staff to cross from one side of the plaza to the other. The pedestrian bridge gives the plaza an increased visual presence and acts as an artistic portal to the Pittsburgh area for northbound motorists on Turnpike 43.

Steel is the main element in the bridge and the curved roof, symbolizing Pittsburgh’s history as a steel capital.

The toll facility also features gull-winged canopies curved in two directions, an arched truss, fully functional diagonal tie rods, a central V-shaped pier supporting the “lookout,” and a unique serpentine retaining wall that protects a 40-foot embankment.

A poster with a photograph of the facility at dusk was one of the souvenir items distributed by the Turnpike Commission at special events preceding the April 12, 2002, opening of the expressway from Coyle Curtin Road near Monongahela to Jefferson Hills.


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