Governor Wolf Announces Over $1.1 Million in Funding to Support Modifications to Greensburg Bypass in Westmoreland County
Author: David Misner
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of $1.14 million in funding to support modification work along the Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass (PA Turnpike 66 in Westmoreland County) to accommodate super loads while minimizing closures and disruptions on the Pennsylvania Turnpike extension.
“Businesses should be confident that state government is a strategic partner in growth and will not stand in the way, but instead will break down barriers that impede growth and development,” Governor Wolf said. “By making commonsense modifications to the Hutchinson Bypass, we are not only creating a more efficient way to do business but also creating and retaining jobs by ensuring that companies can easily reach customers.”
Elliott Group has received approval for $1,140,000 in Transportation Infrastructure Investment Funds (TIIF) to respond to a feasibility study completed by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission that identified the most cost effective alternatives to accommodating super loads coming from Elliott’s facility in Jeanette. The study recommended $410,000 in improvements at the Turnpike 66 South Mainline Toll Plaza and $730,000 in improvements at the Route 130 northbound off ramp (Exit 8) on Turnpike 66, which is commonly referred to as the Greensburg Bypass.
“Instead of closing down roads to accommodate super loads, this project aims to offer a solution that is both beneficial to businesses and commuters,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “We need to continue to think creatively in the commonwealth and are very thankful for the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s willingness to work with DCED on such an important project.”
Specific project activities will include the modification of the Mainline Toll Plaza by removing a portion of the overhead canopy and other structural modifications along with minor roadway reconstruction and widening to accommodate super load traffic exclusively. In addition, the construction of an adjacent bypass lane capable of accommodating super loads will take place at the Route 130 northbound off ramp, Exit 8 on Turnpike 66.
“This is an excellent example of how government and industry can work together to enhance our infrastructure for the benefit of business, employees, customers, and local communities,” said Yasuyuki Uruma, Elliot Group, CEO. “We deeply appreciate the commonwealth’s willingness to listen to our concerns. At Elliott Group we are proud of our heritage of one hundred plus years of consistent and successful manufacturing in the state of Pennsylvania.”
PA Turnpike Chairman Sean Logan said the DCED grant will help improve the ride for all customers on the Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass.
“We absolutely see this partnership as benefitting not only our commercial truckers, but also the non-commercial motorists who travel this stretch of the Greensburg Bypass, many on a daily basis,” Chairman Logan said. “Trucks carrying over-dimensional loads will be able to more easily navigate the toll plaza areas, while commuters will see fewer disruptions from the big rigs making their delicate maneuvers now needed.”
The TIIF program is administered in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Department of Community and Economic Development.
Jeff Sheridan, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116
Lyndsay Kensinger, DCED, 717-783-1132
Carl DeFebo, PA Turnpike, 717-831-7176
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