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Mon-Fayette Expressway News

The Washington (PA) Herald-Standard has some new reports on the progress of the Mon-Fayette Expressway in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

First, West Virginia has approved the plans on the toll plaza for WV 43 and construction is underway.  WVDOH plans to open the highway in the Spring of 2011.  As a result, PA 43 will now have a straight shot from Uniontown to Interstate 68.

On the Pennsylvania side, construction on the highway sections of the remainder of the Uniontown-to-Brownsville Link are well underway and ahead of schedule.  The Mon-Fayette highway bridge over the Monongahela River near Brownsville is schedule to be completed in 2012.

If the fast pace of the highway work continues, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission may consider opening parts of the highway prior to the Mon River bridge completion in the Spring of 2012.  This would most likely include: the opening of the high speed interchange with US 119 in Uniontown - creating a continuous freeway link in the area - and continuing the highway north another four miles beyond US 40 (Exit 22) to Bull Run Road (Exit 26) south of Brownsville.

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Anonymous said…
The interchange with Route 119 is planned to be open by the end of this year. As of now, almost all work on the interchange is finished. A few signs need to be installed, but everything else, including line painting, is finished.
Anonymous said…
The Herald-Standard is from Uniontown, PA. Washington, PA's newspaper is the Observer-Reporter.
Edward said…
As of 6/1/2011 the link to the report is dead.

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