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PennDOT Announces Laurel Valley Transportation Improvement Project Start-up

02/17/2016

Uniontown – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Engineering District 12-0 and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in cooperation with Westmoreland County and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, have launched a study of the Route 981 corridor in Unity and Mount Pleasant townships. The study will ultimately identify fundable, achievable and sustainable transportation projects that will support local and regional growth and development needs.
The Laurel Valley Transportation Improvement Project (LVTIP) will consider a series of improvements on or near Route 981, between the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, near Route 30, and the Route 819/Route 981 intersection at Mount Pleasant. The study will consider improvements that will enhance safety, mobility and access consistent with land use and projected future growth in the region. The LVTIP feasibility study will also consider the possibility of a new PA Turnpike interchange with Route 981 as supported by Westmoreland County and currently part of a separate study by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC).
A public meeting is scheduled as part of the initial Feasibility Study phase of the LVTIP to present initial information for public review and comment. The public meeting is scheduled as follows:
Date:               Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time:              5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Brief presentation at 5:30 p.m.
Location:        Pleasant Unity Fire Hall
                        135 John George Rd.
                        Pleasant Unity, PA 15676
The public meeting will follow an Open House format in which the general public is free to attend at any time during the scheduled two hour period. The general public will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the Study Team regarding the existing conditions within the study area, project Purpose and Needs, and draft measures used to quantify the effectiveness of transportation solutions. 
The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Anyone having special needs or requiring special aid is asked to contact Dana Sklack, with McCormick Taylor, (412) 922-6880 prior to the Public Meeting. 
A project website is available online at www.LaurelValleyProject.com and accessible through PennDOT District 12-0’s website at http://www.penndot.gov/RegionalOffices/district-12/.  Informational materials displayed at the public meeting will be available for review on the project website, where online comment forms will be available for electronic feedback.  The public meeting information and comment form will be available from February 25, 2016 for the duration of the public comment period ending on March 10, 2016.  After March 10, 2016, public feedback on study development can be offered through the website via the general feedback page of the website.
The Feasibility Study phase of the project will identify and prioritize transportation projects along the study corridor and will identify potential funding sources.  Anticipated project benefits include:
• Consistent and reliable travel times within the regional roadway network.
• Support current businesses and future economic development along the Route 981 Study Area between Latrobe and Mount Pleasant.
• Improved mobility and efficient access throughout the corridor.
• Support shipping and operations for businesses.
• Reduced traffic congestion at the New Stanton PA Turnpike interchange.
• Reduced traffic congestion on Route 30.
• Provide routing options for regional traffic to make decisions to access the Latrobe/ Mount Pleasant Area. 
• Support and enhance community character with context sensitive solutions.
• Enhance safety throughout the corridor.
For more information about the Laurel Valley Transportation Improvement Project, contact PennDOT’s Project Manager, Troy Pritts, (724) 415-2401. 
Media Contact: Valerie Petersen, (724) 439-7375