Funding uncertainty delays action on Southern Beltway

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has pulled back on its bid to add the second phase of the Southern Beltway project to the region's four-year transportation plan.

CEO Mark Compton told the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission in a letter that the turnpike would not take part in a Monday meeting at which the commission was expected to vote on whether to add the project to the region's Transportation Improvement Program. He cited "uncertainty in state transportation funding."

The 10-county planning commission removed the item from the meeting agenda.

The state House is considering transportation funding legislation that may include money for the project, which has been on hold for several years.

Commission members voted to table the proposal at their April meeting after turnpike representatives could not answer some of their questions about financing the highway, which would go from U.S. Route 22 to Interstate 79 in the west and south suburbs.

Mr. Compton said "if positive results are realized in transportation funding, we would welcome further discussion" when the planning commission meets in September.

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