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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.

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