ShareThis Page
Business

Parkway ramps to Settlers Cabin to be built by '08

| Saturday, May 12, 2007

A $67.5 million "missing ramps" project -- planned more than five years ago to connect the inbound Parkway West with Interstate 79 -- could be completed in the fall of 2008.

Motorists who have noticed major ground-movement activities on both sides of I-279 South, at the I-79 intersection, will be able to travel inbound on the Parkway and go northbound on I-79. The other ramp will allow motorists traveling southbound on I-79 to head outbound on the Parkway West.

These ramps will provide connections to roads leading to Settlers Cabin and the proposed Settlers Ridge development.

Over 1 million tons of dirt -- enough to cover a football field nearly 300 feet deep -- is being moved on the hillside that will be completely reconfigured, said Dan Cessna, district executive for the PennDOT area of Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties.

He spoke at the Hot Topic Summit, sponsored Friday by the Airport Area Chamber of Commerce.

"You'll start seeing piers dot that little landscape throughout that interchange and probably, about August or September, you'll see the steel beams get set on that structure," he said.

The project calls for widening ramps; constructing two bridge structures, one culvert and two retaining walls; and adding more highway lighting.

Other improvements include installing variable message signs and cameras, drainage, guide rail, traffic signal, signing, pavement markings and rumble strips.

Also part of the project is adding new lanes on both sides of Route 22/30 from Campbells Run Road interchange and extending to the I-79 interchange.

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc., Atlanta, with an office in Canonsburg, is the contractor for the project, which is on schedule and could be completed -- with good weather -- ahead of schedule, Cessna said.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me