Whatever Happened To The MonValley Expressway?

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I spend a lot of time on Carson Street and am always amazed at the number of big trucks that use it as a thoroughfare. I decided to find out whatever happened to the MonValley Expressway that would have stopped this constant noisy disruptive flow.

The PTC is responsible for building and maintaining roadways throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2009, the PA Rt. 51 to I-376 Project was halted due to financial constraints. In 2014 the project was revisited with an amended design that drops the East Pittsburgh to Oakland leg of the expressway, includes a narrower median, realigns a bridge over the Monongahela River at Duquesne, and adds a cashless all-electronic tolling system. The estimated cost of the revised project is $1.7 billion.

Act 89 of 2013 has provided the necessary funding to advance and collect information concerning significant changes that have occurred since the original 2004 design. Engineers will determine where the expressway needs to be elevated, how it will tie into existing roads and refine impacts to homes, businesses and the environment. The environmental reevaluation will be completed by mid-2017, right-of-way acquisition will begin taking about three years, and construction is scheduled to begin in 2022.

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