After Decades, Construction on PA Turnpike’s $700 Million Southern Beltway Could Start Next Month

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, “Construction of the next phase of the Southern Beltway [link added] around Pittsburgh International Airport has been discussed for decades, but timing is everything. After that long wait, the highway’s construction couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. The 13-mile, $700 million toll road project coincides with the construction of Shell Chemical Appalachia’s multibillion dollar petrochemical plant in nearby Beaver County, which will use ethane from wet natural gas to create ethylene to make plastic pellets. The road will offer an easier, more direct route from the airport to the chemical plant as well as the Southpointe complex in Washington County.” The report adds that construction could finally start by the end of January, 2017.