Mon/Fayette Special Edition Introduction: Economic Savior of the Mon Valley or Billion Dollar Boondoggle?

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Economic Savior of the Mon Valley or Billion Dollar Boondoggle?

Hotline, Fall 2001

The proposed Mon/Fayette Toll Road is an immense project, both physically and monetarily. If built, it would greatly impact our entire region. The multi-billion dollar road would stretch some 65 miles from Morgantown, WV to two proposed end points — Pittsburgh and Monroeville.

Some feel that the toll road would positively impact our region; others believe the opposite is true. For the record, although GASP has grave concerns about the Mon/Fayette Toll Road, we are holding off on taking an official position on the project until after we hold a public forum to gather information and opinions from those who are involved in planning the road and those who will be impacted by it. Please join us for this forum at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill on Thursday evening, 7:30 PM, October 18, 2001.

GASP will provide information on the soon-to-be-released Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Mon/Fayette Toll Road here on our web site. We will post our position here too, along with information on how you can submit comments and express your opinion to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

As a final note, we wanted this issue to be fair and balanced, reflecting a variety of viewpoints on Mon/Fayette. To that end, we solicited articles from both opponents and supporters of the project, including one from Joe Kirk, whose organization represents over 100 businesses, economic development organizations and labor groups who support the project. We hope that our October 18th forum and this special edition newsletter stimulate further discussion about the Mon/Fayette Toll Road. Send feedback or requests for more information to GASP: (412) 441-6650, gasp@gasp-pgh.org.