Brewster Issues Statement of Support

Harrisburg – June 26, 2017 – The effort to build the final 14-mile phase of the Mon-Fayette Expressway received a significant boost today when the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) voted to move the project forward, an action that helps pave the way for the construction of the $2.2 billion roadway, Sen Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today.

Brewster and a bipartisan group of legislators and local advocates joined forces to support the completion of the route after it was unexpectedly tabled at a March meeting of the commission.

In a letter sent to the commission earlier this month, the group, featuring Brewster, Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette) a host of senators and representatives from the region including Bill Kortz (D-Allegheny) and Marc Gergely (D-Allegheny) reiterated firm support for the project — highlighting its importance for the continued development of the communities in the Mon Valley, and its role in fostering job creation in the region.

Brewster’s comments follow:

“The Mon-Fayette Expressway will link people to jobs and shovel-ready projects to developers. The highway will spur the redevelopment of industrial sites and create new business opportunities not only for communities directly impacted, but also for others throughout the region. There are more than 1,000 acres of developable property in the region ready to be put into productive use. This project delivers on creating access to markets, and it is critical to job creation and development. I am pleased that the SPC took action today.”