Additional funding provided for Mon-Fayette Expressway
Turnpike Commission bond refinancing and savings on projects will provide about $250 million to push along construction of the Uniontown-to-Brownsville section of the Mon-Fayette Expressway, according to state Sen. Richard Kasunic.
“This is great news and will provide concrete evidence that the project is ready to roll,” Kasunic said in a news release.
The 15-mile section is in the final design and property acquisition phase. Although construction isn’t slated to begin for 18 to 24 months, the section is next in line to tap into construction funds.
Kasunic said turnpike officials have assured him the Uniontown-to-Brownsville section is the priority. The Dunbar Township Democrat predicted construction bids would be accepted in late 2005 and early 2006.
The remaining proposed section of the Mon-Fayette Expressway from Route 51 to the Parkway East into Pittsburgh is several years behind the Uniontown-to-Brownsville section, according to Joe Agnello, a Turnpike Commission spokesman.
The Uniontown-to-Brownsville section, which nearly parallels Route 40, includes a proposed new bridge to span the Monongahela River between Luzerne Township, Fayette County, and Centerville, Washington County.
The dream of a superhighway from Morgantown to Pittsburgh to spur economic development in Fayette County and the Mon Valley dates back more than 50 years.