The U.S. Route 22 to I-79 project is one of three projects that make up the proposed 30-mile, tolled four-lane limited-access highway known as the Southern Beltway. The beltway is located between I-376 near the Pittsburgh International Airport and the Mon/Fayette Expressway (PA Route 43) near Finleyville, PA. The Southern Beltway consists of three independent but interconnected projects that have different project needs and different schedule and funding opportunities. The three project areas extend from Interstate 376 to U.S. Route 22, U.S. Route 22 to Interstate 79 and from Interstate 79 to the Mon/Fayette Expressway. Each of the three projects is self-standing and will not curtail or obligate improvements in other project areas along the corridor.
The Southern Beltway I-376 to U.S. Rt. 22 Project, also known as the Findlay Connector, was the first to be constructed and opened to traffic in October 2006.
The latest project to be advanced is the Rt. 22 to I-79 project which begins at the southern terminus of the Findlay Connector at the U.S. Route 22 Interchange and proceeds 13 miles southeast to an interchange with I-79 with a local connection at Morganza Road near the Allegheny/Washington County line. The Record of Decision was issued for the project in September 2008. The PTC is acquiring partial right of-way and will continue with final design, right-of-way acquisition and construction of the project as funding becomes available.
Please click here for the Record of Decision pdf document.