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BRIEF: Project to expand Freedom Road bridge over turnpike moves forward

August 14, 2014

By Bill Vidonic, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review



Aug. 14--PennDOT has chosen an engineering design firm for the Freedom Road bridge expansion spanning the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Cranberry.

Township officials celebrated the news Thursday, saying that the selection of HDR Inc. in Pittsburgh means that years of work to alleviate traffic woes on Freedom Road are paying off.

"It's probably the most expensive piece of the puzzle that we had to move on expanding that corridor," said township assistant manager Duane McKee.

PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission have reached an agreement that calls for PennDOT to pay for the design work and the turnpike to pay for construction of the bridge. The estimated cost is $8.5 million.

PennDOT is projecting design work could begin in the fall and finish by the fall of 2017, said Brian Allen, assistant district executive for District 10, which includes Butler County.

There's no timetable for when construction would start, Allen said.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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