ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY HOLDS OPENING EVENT FOR EWING ROAD ROUNDABOUT IN MOON TOWNSHIP
MOON TOWNSHIP, PA (October 31, 2011) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority hosted the opening of the Ewing Road Roundabout in Moon Township. Officials from the Airport Authority, Allegheny County, Moon Township and PA Department of Transportation participated in a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Roundabout on Monday, October 31, 2011. This Roundabout is a traffic improvement project designed to increase flow of vehicles and improve safety at the intersection of Ewing Road, Business I-376 on-and-off ramps and Resurrection Road in Moon Township.
“Development on airport property is a priority of my administration. This project is directly related to the completed Cherrington Extension and the recent construction of the nearby US Airways Operations Control Center Facility, a project that Allegheny County won in a competition with Phoenix, AZ, and Charlotte, NC. This traffic enhancement will improve access for the current businesses here and will allow for future job growth and expansion in the airport area,” said Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato.
“According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, roundabouts bring a 90 percent reduction in fatal crashes and a 75 percent reduction in crashes with injuries. At the same time, they carry about 30 percent more vehicles in peak traffic than signalized intersections,” said Dan Cessna, P.E., District Executive, PennDOT, District 11-0.
“The success of this roundabout will benefit businesses, commuters and citizens of Moon Township. We look forward to safer and enhanced access at this intersection,” said Jeanne Creese, Moon Township Manager.
“Real estate development is a growth area for the Allegheny County Airport Authority. Our goal is to continue development on airport property, bringing jobs and commerce to the airport corridor. As a result, Pittsburgh International Airport's role as an economic generator is two-fold – providing high quality, competitive air service in and out of southwestern PA and developing key properties to attract new industry and jobs,” said Glenn R. Mahone, Chairman, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
The roundabout is a successful and economical method to reduce congestion, slow traffic down and keep maintenance costs low. A roundabout is like a traffic circle and eliminates traffic signals, stop signs and left turns against traffic. Traffic flows continuously, and vehicles entering the loop yield to those already in it. The Ewing Road roundabout is the first to be built in Allegheny County in recent years according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
An important environmental feature was also part of the design. The interior island portion of the roundabout is paved with porous concrete. Storm water passes through porous concrete into the ground. This reduces storm water flows into nearby streams and lessens the likelihood of downstream flooding.
The $950,000 Ewing Interchange Traffic Improvement Project was funded by the Allegheny County Airport Authority which receives no local tax dollars. This was phase two of the traffic project. Phase one was the improvement of the westbound side of the interchange where the road was expanded and traffic signals were installed at Hookstown Grade Road and Cherrington Road. The Airport Authority manages both Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, PA.