The Pennsylvania Turnpike is planning to demolish hundreds of houses to build a highway that connects Monroeville to the South Hills.
While a highway with a direct route between Monroeville and the South Hills will provide an easier path to for motorists, many residents are not pleased with the possibility of losing their homes.
One Monroeville home owner expressed to KDKA his shock about this news.
“It’s kind of a bombshell when you get there and you find out they are taking your house,” said Pat Carey, a Monroeville resident. “This is the first I heard about it.”
Carey is far from alone in his unwillingness to leave his home. “I don’t want to leave,” said Dane Ladrew, of Monroeville. “That’s my reaction. I’ve been here, I’m happy.”
Monroeville residents are not the only ones effected by this new addition to the PA Turnpike. Homes and businesses across Jefferson Hills, Dravosburg, West Mifflin, Duquesne, North Versailles, East Pittsburgh, Turtle Creek, Penn Hills, Monroeville and Wilkins Township are all at risk of losing their property.
Despite the backlash, Pennsylvania Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Vid Colborn explained what this project could mean for the area.
“What we’re doing is looking at about 600 to 650 properties that would be affected by this project,” said Colborn.
Colborn continues, “we have a lot of people coming in who can’t wait for this project to get started, who say take my property, take it now.”
Any measures to displace business or home owners will be paid for by the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
For more information on the plans of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, CLICK HERE.
The acquisition process to purchase the necessary land is scheduled to begin in 2018.
Construction won’t start on this 14-mile long highway until 2022 at the earliest.