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PUBLIC MEETING FOR TURNPIKE/I-79 CONNECTOR SCHEDULED

 PITTSBURGH, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has scheduled a meeting on Thursday, March 11, at the Sheraton Warrendale/Pittsburgh North, 910 Sheraton Drive, Mars, Pa., to brief the general public on the preferred alternative for improvements to the Turnpike's Cranberry Interchange (No. 3) and the Interstate 79 connector project.
 An "open house" format will be used for the meeting which convenes from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Representatives of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, PennDOT and their design consultants will explain study results and modifications which were made to the preferred alternative to this project since the last public meeting.
 The proposed work consists of constructing a two-lane connector between the Cranberry Interchange and Interstate 79 in southern Butler County. The existing interchange, which connects the Turnpike and U.S. Route 19, would be relocated southward and improved by expanding the toll plaza from six to 15 lanes. Other project improvements include the construction of two ramps at the interchange between State Route 228 and Interstate 79.
 The Turnpike Commission and PennDOT will act as partners and share the estimated $60 million in construction costs.
 Construction is scheduled to start in the summer of 1994 for the first phase which will include the toll plaza and ramps between the Turnpike and State Route 19. When the project is totally completed, benefits will include a direct connection between the Turnpike mainline and I-79, and an improved level of service at the U.S. Route 19/ State Route 228 intersection, provision of a full interchange at State Route 228 and I-79, and significant reduction of congestion on the local road system.
 In 1992, approximately 6.5 million vehicles used the Cranberry Interchange.
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 /CONTACT: Thomas A. Fox of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 412-271-7191/


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