mon-fayette bridge


Driving excellence

Build it and they will drive. That seemed to be the inspiration behind the birth of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s Mon/Fayette Expressway Projects. Originally planned as a vital connector of steel towns along the Monongahela River Valley, the new highway system now holds the promise of economic development and a link to nearby Pittsburgh.

Approximately 35 miles of the Mon/Fayette Expressway system are operational. The newest project, 17 miles north of I-70 to Route 51 in southeastern Allegheny County, opened on April 12, 2002.

Mon/Fayette Expressway Projects in Allegheny, Washington and Fayette counties have gained state and national recognition with more than a dozen awards, so far, for design and construction excellence. This includes the 2003 Diamond Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania, the 2002 Structure Award for Spans Greater Than 150 Feet from the Pennsylvania Partnership for Highway Quality for the Joe Montana Bridges, and the 2000 Outstanding Highway Engineering Award from the Pittsburgh Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers.

“These awards show that the Turnpike Commission is receiving state-of-the-art design and construction services from its consultants and contractors, not to mention our own staff professionals who contribute to and monitor this work,” said Frank J. Kempf Jr., Assistant Chief Engineer for Development Projects/Programs.

Drive on.