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Call Renewed for Pennsylvania Turnpike, Arnold Palmer Airport Link

Date: 9/26/2012

By Joe Napsha




 





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Westmoreland County economic development officials Tuesday made yet another pitch for constructing an expressway that will connect the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport at Route 30 near Latrobe with the Pennsylvania Turnpike, via Route 981.




“It’s the county’s No. 1 transportation priority. We’ve got to keep pushing. The economic benefits that project will create can’t be predicted. It will be tremendous,” John Skiavo, president of the Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland, told more than 400 community and business leaders at the organization’s annual dinner at the Ramada Inn in Hempfield.




The proposed expressway -- dubbed the Laurel Valley Connector -- would follow Route 981 from its intersection with the turnpike in Mt. Pleasant Township to Route 30, and would cost an estimated $80 million, Skiavo said.




A Laurel Valley Connector, which has been promoted for several decades, would improve transportation in an area -- eastern Westmoreland County -- where much of the county’s economic development is occurring, Skiavo said. Instead of taking a truck 41 minutes to travel from New Stanton to the airport in Unity, the direct connection to the turnpike would cut that travel time to 18 minutes, Skiavo said.




Golfing legend Arnold Palmer, the keynote speaker in an event honoring the airport and the Westmoreland County Airport Authority, urged the audience to get behind the project.









 




To watch a multimedia presentation on the history, evolution, and growth of the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, click here --




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExdFKB2qUvY&feature=youtu.be  




 

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