WEXFORD – Gov. Tom Corbett joined other local and state officials Monday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to recognize the upcoming completion of a major roadway construction project.
Corbett came to honor the completion of the $21 million Wexford Flats project, started in March 2011. The work is about 90 percent complete and is slated to finish next spring, according to a news release.
The project widened Route 19 from 42 feet to 63 feet and also included the addition of a center turn lane, curbed gutters and sidewalks. It also included the addition of eight traffic lights at various intersections.
Speaking to a small group of people, Corbett said the region is at a “critical juncture in its economic history” in regards to the Marcellus shale natural gas boom, and added that updated and improved infrastructure is key to fueling the economic growth.
“We don’t simply want a solution that will work tomorrow,” Corbett said, according to a press release. “We want one that will work the day after tomorrow and in the decades ahead.”
The 2-mile project spanned both McCandless and Pine townships in Allegheny County.
State Rep. Mike Turzai, R-28th, spoke at the event as did representatives from the state Department of Transportation and local officials.