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Ridge signs bill dedicating highway

| Thursday, April 12, 2001

Gov. Tom Ridge has signed legislation designating Business Route 60 in Moon Township as the 99th Infantry Division Memorial Highway.

House Bill 99, sponsored by state Rep. John Pippy, a Moon Township Republican, had passed by unanimous vote in the House and Senate. Pippy announced Wednesday that Ridge had signed the bill.

A dedication ceremony for the renamed highway tentatively is scheduled for April 22.

The highway used to be the final section of Parkway West, connecting downtown Pittsburgh to the former Pittsburgh International Airport terminal.

A new 35-acre headquarters for the 99th Regional Support Command is under

construction across the highway from the former terminal site. Signs for the renamed highway will be near the new headquarters.

Established in 1918, the U.S. Army's 99th Division was reorganized as the 99th

Infantry Division in 1942. The 99th defended Elsenborn Ridge during the Battle

of the Bulge in World War II, against repeated, violent attacks that often

resulted in hand-to-hand combat.

During the Battle of the Bulge, the 99th conducted one of the few bayonet

charges in the history of modern warfare.

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