PA 356
Kiski Valley Expressway


This expressway was originally planned as an outer beltway of Pittsburgh, along with an expressway along PA 66.  There is still grading for the expressway at Beechers Court, where traveling west on PA 56, drivers are forced to exit onto Beechers Court to continue on PA 56 and vice-versa.  Like most of the expressways planned, this idea was axed in the 1970s due to PennDOT's near bankruptcy.

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Current end of the expressway alignment at Beechers Court
Current end of the expressway alignment at Beechers Court.
 
Looking at the expressway alignment from PA 56
Looking at the expressway alignment from PA 56 after turning left at the light in the
previous picture.

Skip ahead to the 21st Century, with the suburbs growing and traffic increasing, PennDOT is reconsidering this expressway's existence in the 2015 Long Range Transportation Plan.  The Kiski Valley Expressway would be either a widened four-lane PA 356 or a new four-lane expressway.  The $100 million expressway would be approximately 7.5 miles long and would connect the Allegheny Valley Expressway near Exit 17 to the existing four-lane Vandergrift Bypass (PA 56).  The plan would also upgrade PA 356 and PA 66 from Weinels Crossroads to US 22 in Delmont and provide a connection to PA Turnpike 66.

Links:
PA 356
Route 66 Expressway (Cancelled)


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Page updated January 14, 2006.
Content and graphics, unless otherwise noted, copyright Jeffrey J. Kitsko. All rights reserved.
Information courtesy of the Pittsburgh Area Transportation Plan and the 2015 Long Range Transportation Plan-A Region on the Move:  A Transportation Investment Strategy for Growth and Renewal in Southwestern Pennsylvania.