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Posted on: May 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] MSA Thruway Project to Begin

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A road project that will significantly reduce traffic on the Route 228 Corridor during peak hours is set to begin.

Work on the MSA Thruway near the Interstate 79 northbound ramp to Route 228 will begin Wednesday, May 6, weather permitting.

Daytime paving is scheduled to begin Monday, May 11 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Traffic lanes will be shifted to the north starting Saturday, May 16 to allow for tunnel excavation work to begin.

Traffic will be maintained on Route 228 throughout the project.

The MSA Thruway is the next step a master plan focused on easing traffic in the corridor and improving connections with the Cranberry Springs development.

A tunnel will be constructed beneath Route 228 connecting I-79 to Cranberry Springs. A roundabout will be constructed at the approach to the tunnel on the south side of Route 228. The project includes sidewalks and bikes lanes that aim to make the area more pedestrian friendly.

The project is expected to be completed by winter of 2021 and will reduce the queue from I-79 Northbound by 40 percent during peak morning hours. Eastbound traffic on Route 228 at the Cranberry Springs/Cranberry Woods intersection will be reduced by 30 percent. Average delays will be reduced by 33 percent.

The project could spur the creation of 2,300 full-time jobs and more than 4,000 temporary construction jobs.

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