Mon-Fayette Expressway connecting Uniontown, Brownsville set to open Monday

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The section of Mon-Fayette Expressway connecting Uniontown and Brownsville will open at noon on Monday, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced today.

With its opening, the expressway will be complete from Interstate 68 east of Morgantown, W.Va., to Route 51 in Jefferson Hills. Plans to build from there north to Pittsburgh are stalled by a lack of funding.

Construction of the second phase of the Uniontown-Brownsville segment began four years ago and included a $96 million Monongahela River Bridge, 3,022 feet long and 200 feet high, that connects Washington and Fayette counties.

The two-phase project cost $882 million for 17 miles between U.S. 119-Route 51 in Uniontown and Route 88 in Washington County.

"Completion of this project represents a major milestone in the development of one of the largest ground transportation projects in the United States," turnpike chief executive officer Roger Nutt said in a prepared statement. "With the support of PennDOT, the turnpike commission has invested in a roadway that will connect Fayette and Washington counties to 60 miles of high-speed, limited access highway, and with it, unprecedented economic development opportunities, especially in meeting the needs of the fast emerging natural gas industry."

The PTC plans a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 2.

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Jon Schmitz: jschmitz@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1868.


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