Senator Kim Ward Announces Funding Commitment for Next Stage of Laurel Valley Transportation Improvement Project in Westmoreland County

PennDOT Designating $30 Million in Federal Funding for the Project 

GREENSBURG -– Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-39) announced today that the Laurel Valley Transportation Improvement Project (LTVIP) has received a $30 Million funding designating from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for next stage construction.

“The Laurel Valley Transportation Improvement Project has been a priority of mine for as long as I have been a sitting Senator in this district,” said Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward. “PennDOT has been a tremendous partner in advancing this project forward, and I appreciate Secretary Gramian’s continued commitment to completing this valuable project.”

On November 12, 2021, officials recently celebrated a ground-breaking ceremony for stage one construction of the LTVIP.  Stage two preliminary design is currently underway. This $30 million designation will advance the construction phase of this second stage ahead of its projected timetable.

“Accelerating the completion of this project is paramount to the future economic growth of eastern Westmoreland County.  The LTVIP will provide more direct access to the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport from the interstate transportation network provided by the Pennsylvania Turnpike and PennDOT,” continued Ward.  “Tourism, commercial business expansion, and greater air freight opportunities are among the areas that stand to benefit greatly from this project.”

The LVTIP is a regional transportation project connecting the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Mt. Pleasant Township, Westmoreland County to the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity Township.  Stage two construction will commence from where stage one concludes in the village of Norvelt in Mt. Pleasant Township.  The project scope will consist of approximately 3.5 miles of improvement from north of the Norvelt intersection in Mount Pleasant Township along SR 2023 to Bingham Road, just south of the intersection of SR 2023/SR 130 in Unity Township. 

More information on the LTVIP can be found at https://www.laurelvalleyproject.com/.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Office of Sen. Kim Ward: Erica Clayton Wright, ewright@pasen.gov