Kathy Liebler
                        Director of Public Information

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  Contact:   Joe Agnello, (724) 755-5262, (724) 755-5142 fax
                   e-mail: jagnello@paturnpike.com

January 4, 2000


The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission today awarded Mashuda Corporation a $37.3 million contract to construct 1.5 miles of the Mon/Fayette Expressway in Carroll and Nottingham townships, Washington County, including an interchange with Pa. Route 136 near Ringgold High School.

Construction Section 52F2 also includes asphalt surfacing for approximately five miles of the 17-mile Mon/Fayette Expressway project between Interstate 70 in Fallowfield Township, Washington County and Pa. Route 51 in Jefferson Hills Borough, Allegheny County. The balance of the 17 miles will have a concrete surface.

Other provisions of the contract include construction of toll collection facilities on two of the four ramps at the Route 136 interchange and construction of a bridge over the expressway to carry a non-public road that will service the operations of Maple Creek Mining, Inc.

The contract also calls for construction of a bridge to carry the expressway over Route 136 and construction of a connector road between Ridge Road and Route 136 to replace public passage to either side of the expressway that would be lost with the pending severing of Ridge Road.

Mashuda Corp., headquartered in Cranberry Township, Butler County, was the lowest of eight bidders for Construction Section 52F2 at $37,264,070. Bids were opened on October 7. The deadline for completion of the work is November 16, 2001.

This is the firm’s seventh Mon/Fayette Expressway construction contract. They total more than $134 million. At present, that is the highest collective sum for any individual general contractor.

Companies based in southwestern Pennsylvania have won some $421 million of the $448 million in Mon/Fayette Expressway construction contracts awarded by the Turnpike Commission since October 1994. Included in the totals are contracts awarded for construction of the Pennsylvania side of the Mon/Fayette Expressway’s Mason Dixon Link south of Uniontown, which is scheduled to open on March 1, 2000.

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company of Bedford County has won four contracts totaling nearly $124 million. Dick Corporation of Pittsburgh has won three contracts totaling about $96 million, placing it third in collective value.

The 17-mile Mon/Fayette Expressway Project from Interstate 70 to Pa. Route 51 is expected to open in approximately two years. One major construction contract remains to be awarded. It involves construction of the interchange with Route 51 in Jefferson Hills. Five bids were opened December 23 and are under review.

Each of the Turnpike Commission’s two other Mon/Fayette Expressway projects is in the environmental review phase. One is from Uniontown to the Brownsville area. The other is the Pittsburgh link, which is to extend north from Route 51 in Jefferson Hills to connections with Interstate 376 in the City and near Monroeville.

The four component projects, along with the six-mile Turnpike 43 toll road in the California area and the four-mile, non-toll Pa. Route 43 Uniontown Bypass, would stretch about 65 miles south from Pittsburgh through the Monongahela River Valley and western Fayette County to Interstate 68 just east of Morgantown, W.Va. The California toll road opened in October 1990. The Uniontown Bypass opened in November 1992. 


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