New Pa. transportation plan directs millions to Washington and Greene counties

August 14, 2014
Motorists can expect to see plenty of construction on Interstate 70 in the coming years. - Observer-Reporter Order a Print

The state’s updated long-range transportation plan has a heavy focus on road and bridge projects over the next four years in Washington and Greene counties, with a continued emphasis on updating Interstate 70 and replacing or rehabilitating bridges.

The 2015 state Transportation Commission 12-year plan also restores hope for a missing section of the Mon-Fayette Expressway from the toll road in Large to the Parkway East near Monroeville, without directing any money for its construction, said state Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg.

“It invests hundreds of millions of dollars in Washington and Greene counties,” Solobay said Thursday after the $63.2 billion, 12-year plan was approved, with those funds earmarked only through 2018.

The bulk of the funded projects on the local list already have been announced, Solobay said, and they include major improvements to the I-70 interchange at Route 19 in South Strabane Township and a double roundabout along Route 519 at Brownlee Road in North Strabane Township.

Solobay said nearly every road across Washington County will receive some work over the next four years.

Other funded projects include rehabilitation work to cost $16.5 million on the Speers-I-70 Bridge over the Monongahela River.

The plan also includes a $29.8 million project at the Route 519 interchange along Interstate 79.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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