Oct. 29, 2021

HARRISBURG – PA House Majority Caucus Chairman Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) and Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward released the following statement regarding plans to link the Pennsylvania Turnpike with State Route 130 in Penn Township:

“This has been a high priority of mine for many years. Providing access to the Turnpike from Route 130 will be more than just a convenience, but it will be a boost for area businesses,” Dunbar said. “Currently, drivers on their way to locations just minutes from the Turnpike need to travel an extra 20 to 30 minutes. This increased access is going to translate to better exposure for area businesses.”

“This interchange is a priority project for me as it is critical to the community I serve and the overall economic success of our region,” said Ward. “The project started when I was Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and I am thrilled that the PA Turnpike recognizes its importance and is here to continue moving it forward. This new connection has long been advocated because of the benefits of improved safety and mobility for passenger and commercial traffic in the corridor. I am excited to take this step forward today in making this project a reality.”

“I also believe that safety will be improved in the area,” Dunbar added. “Currently drivers accessing this area from the Monroeville or Irwin interchanges often use short cuts on smaller roads. By providing a direct, quicker route for Turnpike traffic, I suspect we’ll see fewer accidents.”

Representative George Dunbar
56th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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