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)
April 3, 2003
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s Mon/Fayette Expressway Projects in
Allegheny, Washington and Fayette counties have gained state and national
recognition with more than a dozen awards, so far, for design and
newest honor, to be presented Friday, April 4 at the Associated
Pennsylvania Constructors 2003 Spring Conference, is from the Pennsylvania
Partnership for Highway Quality (PPHQ). PPHQ has selected the 17-mile
Mon/Fayette Project extending north from Interstate 70 to Pa. Route 51 for
its 2002 Project Recognition Award.
Interstate 70-to-Route 51 Project opened in its entirety last April 12,
creating the longest contiguous stretch of the growing Mon/Fayette system
to date (approximately 25 miles). During its first year of operation, the
number of average daily trips on any part of the 17 miles approximated
trip is any vehicle using any part of the 17 miles one direction. Because
of the configuration of fare collection locations, no vehicle traveling
either direction passes through fare collection more than once.
“These awards show that the Turnpike
Commission is receiving state-of-the-art design and construction services
from its consultants and contractors, not to mention our own staff
professionals who contribute to and monitor this work,” said Frank J.
Kempf, Jr., Assistant Chief Engineer for Development Projects/Programs.
Kempf added, “Building this new
transportation infrastructure so vital to our Commonwealth’s economic
standing is a total team effort. It starts with the state lawmakers who
assigned and funded these projects and runs the gamut through the hundreds
of technicians, equipment operators and laborers who studied environmental
impacts, sought the best solutions, moved the dirt, poured the concrete,
set the steel and bolted the signs.”
35 miles, or roughly half, of the proposed Mon/Fayette Expressway system
is operable. Eventually, the system will extend south from Interstate 376
in Pittsburgh and Monroeville to Interstate 68 near Morgantown, W.Va.,
largely through the Monongahela River Valley.
system of “sister” projects that would form the proposed 30-mile
Southern Beltway, shooting west off of the Mon/Fayette near Finleyville
and extending west and north to Interstate 79, U.S. Route 22 and
Pittsburgh International Airport, has not yet advanced to construction.
of the first Southern Beltway Project – the six-mile Findlay Connector
between the Pa. Route 60 Expressway at Pittsburgh International Airport
and U.S. Route 22 in northern Washington County – is scheduled to begin
in the fall.
Mon/Fayette Expressway and Southern Beltway systems represent an estimated
$4 billion investment.
is a list of awards for the Mon/Fayette Expressway projects received to
P.O. Box 67676, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7676 Phone: (717) 939-9551 Fax: (717) 986-9649