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File #: 11817-21    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Motion Status: Approved
File created: 3/19/2021 In control: Chief Clerk
On agenda: 3/23/2021 Final action: 3/30/2021
Title: Motion of the Council of Allegheny County expressing the sense of Council regarding proposed tolling of bridges, specifically along Interstate 79 insofar as such tolling will impact traffic and quality of life in the South Fayette Township, PA area.
Sponsors: Patrick Catena, Sam DeMarco
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Motion of the Council of Allegheny County expressing the sense of Council regarding proposed tolling of bridges, specifically along Interstate 79 insofar as such tolling will impact traffic and quality of life in the South Fayette Township, PA area.

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WHEREAS, it is estimated that the Interstate 79 (I-79) corridor carries 87,000 vehicles every day; and

WHEREAS, a proposal by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) would levy a toll of $1 or $2 when motorists cross the twin bridges on I-79 near the Bridgeville exit; and

WHEREAS, the proposed tolls would be collected in order to pay for the replacement of the northbound and southbound bridges that were first put in place 56 years ago and were last rehabilitated in 1998, as well as widening I-79 in that area; and

WHEREAS, the proposed work on I-79 is part of PennDOT’s Pathways Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership Initiative, which envisions private entities handling the design, construction and maintenance of major bridges across the commonwealth, with tolls paying for the costs of construction, maintenance, operations and toll collections; and

WHEREAS, the bridge on I-79 is in South Fayette Township, and township spokeswoman Andrea Iglar released a statement saying the township opposes tolling it because “it would hamper much-desired commercial development in the area…South Fayette businesses and residents value our convenient highway access, and implementing a new toll would be a step backward.” ; and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania State Senator Devlin Robinson has indicated that he is concerned that if the bridge is tolled, drivers would seek alternate routes and overburden other roads and bridges in the process, potentially to the point that it may create safety issues for drivers and first responders, also noting that “[a]s one of the fastest developing areas in Allegheny County and Southwest Pennsylvania, this proposal would have catastrophic effects on the current and future b...

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