State and local officials today announced that the redesignation of Interstate 376 from Interstate 80 in Mercer County to the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville has been completed.
PennDOT Secretary Allen Biehler unveiled a red-white-and-blue I-376 marker at a ceremony near the Hopewell exit in Beaver County this afternoon.
Officials say the redesignation, which included nearly $40 million in road and interchange improvements, will simplify travel to Pittsburgh International Airport and make the 85-mile highway corridor more attractive for development and investment.
"Many businesses look for interstates and proximity to interstates when they are considering relocation and expansion," said Lawrence County Commissioner Daniel J. Vogler.
Prior to the redesignation, various stretches of the road were numbered I-279, U.S. Routes 22 and 30, and state Route 60.
More than $20 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are being used to make the improvements required for the I-376 designation. Specifically, more than $13.7 million in Recovery Act funds are now being used to improve the 20/30/60 interchange in Robinson. Additionally, nearly $9 million in Recovery Act funds will be used to make improvements to Route 60 in Lawrence County.