Harrisburg – June 26, 2017 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) issued the following statement after the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) acted today to move the Mon-Fayette Expressway project as a part of the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program.

The 47-4 vote by the SPC helps clear the way for the $2.2 billion road to be built from PA-51 in Jefferson to I-376 in Monroeville. The 14-mile segment is the final phase of the Mon-Fayette Expressway from I-68 to I-376 in Monroeville.

“The vote today reaffirms the commitment that was made to the taxpayers of the Mon Valley and the entire region,” Costa said. “To tap the economic development potential of the area, a state-of-the-art transportation network is necessary to aid development and create new jobs.

“Keeping the funding in this region and targeting it for the final leg of the expressway is a critical piece of a comprehensive transportation network.”