The Daily Courier: SPC Hosts a Public Meeting in Fayette County on Region’s Transportation and Infrastructure Plans

About three dozen people attended the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission meeting in the former Gallatin Bank Building.

Ryan Gordon, SPC transportation program development manager, said the Long Range Transportation Plan is nearing the end of an 11-step process.

County officials are expected to approve the plan by June 26.

Gordon said projects will include bridges, roadways, safety networks, roundabouts and efficiency.

The plan comprises three phases, 2023 through 2026; 2027 through 2034; and 2035 through 2050. Cost for the initial phase is estimated at $1.9 billion, the other two at a combined $10,778 billion.

About 44% of the money will go to bridges, 32% for roadways.

Numerous state roads will be affected including such main highways in Fayette County as routes 21 and 51 and U.S. routes 40 and 119.

Projects locally would involve the Layton Bridge in Perry Township, Sheepskin Trail and state Route 819 over Jacobs Creek in Dawson.

Angela Swallop Saunders, PennDOT transportation planning manager, said the McClure-Kingview Road project near Upper Tyrone Township will begin by late 2024.

U.S. Route 119 improvements would include reconstruction from Uniontown to Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus, Connellsville to Kingview, and the Uniontown Bypass.

She said air quality and environmental concerns will be considered.

Officials expect to soon be notified on the status of a $12 million grant application for high-speed internet connectivity.

Immediate projects are planned on a two year cycle, while long-range projects follow a four-year cycle.

Citizens may submit comments about information provided at the SPC meeting through June 9 by going online to

Discussions concerning projects for 2025 will take place in 2024.

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