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									Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
         2200 North Center Avenue • New Stanton, PA 15672-9602 • (724) 755-5262 • (724) 755-5142 fax



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:    September 23, 2005
Contact: Joe Agnello
(724) 755-5262, (724) 755-5142 fax
e-mail: jagnello@paturnpike.com

in Allegheny County

   GEOTECHNICAL DRILLING TO BEGIN NEXT
  WEEK AS PART OF FINAL DESIGN WORK FOR
        MON/FAYETTE EXPRESSWAY
      The drilling of test borings to examine the subsurface soil and rock conditions at prospective
locations where the Mon/Fayette Expressway may be constructed is scheduled to begin next
week in Jefferson Hills and West Mifflin Boroughs and in the Glenwood Bridge and Hazelwood
areas within the City of Pittsburgh.
     The initial drilling activities within the City are part of the geotechnical evaluations for final
design work in Section 53M, which runs in a northwesterly direction from the north end of the
Glenwood Bridge to Mobile Street, and are expected to continue into early December.
     Approximately 40 borings will be made during a 70-day period for drilling contract 53M1, and
all but five of the borings will be made on right-of-way owned by either PennDOT or the City of
Pittsburgh. Drilling locations include Second Avenue and various side streets off of Second Avenue
(primarily toward the Monongahela River), the north end of the Glenwood Bridge and the hillside
above the CSX Railroad tracks. Three to four drilling rigs will be utilized in the execution of the
drilling contract.
     The drillings in Jefferson Hills and West Mifflin are part of the geotechnical evaluations for
final design work in Section 53A, which begins at the northern terminus of the existing Turnpike
Route 43 at Pa. Route 51 and extends north to Camp Hollow Road in West Mifflin.
     Approximately 104 borings, including about 95 on private property, will be made during
55-day periods for drilling contracts 53A1 and 53A2. Two drilling rigs will be utilized in the
execution of each contract, which are scheduled to conclude in late November.
     Drilling locations in Jefferson Hills and West Mifflin follow an alignment that includes a
proposed expressway crossing over Pa. Route 885.
     All owners of private properties on which borings are slated to occur, as well as owners of
private properties that may need to be traversed by drilling rigs on their way to other private
property locations, are being notified of the drilling activities in writing. The Turnpike Commission
also will be communicating with affected property owners after the borings are completed as part
of its commitment to ensure that disturbed property is returned to its previous condition.
     Information about the drilling contracts and the pertinent geotechnical engineering firms
monitoring the work in a specific area may be obtained by visiting the Turnpike Commission’s
Mon/Fayette Expressway Project Office in Duquesne (along Pa. Route 837 just east of
Kennywood Park) or by calling the project office at 412-469-9371.
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