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About the Project

SR 981, Section Y10 is currently in Preliminary Design. This section extends about 2.5 miles from the SR 2023/SR 130 intersection in Unity Township to the southernmost project limits of PennDOT's SR 981, Section V10 improvement project near the Westmoreland County Airpark and Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. 

  • Route will use SR 2023 and southern Bay Hill Drive 
  • Roadway typical section will remain two-lanes with wider shoulders
  • Potential roundabouts will be considered at:
    • SR 2023/SR 130 intersection
    • SR 981 at the Southern Airpark entrance

Anticipated Schedule*

Preliminary Design:  2020 - 2022

Final Design and Right-of-Way Acquisition:  2022 - 2024

Construction: 2025 - 2026

*Schedule subject to change due to funding availability


Evaluating the Section Y10 Alignment

Section Y10 will include the reconstruction of the SR130 intersection. Reconstructed SR 981 will continue along existing SR 2023 to a section of an offline alignment to the Westmoreland Airpark before connecting to the completed Section V10 Project near the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.

The Project Team will use the following performance measures to evaluate the alignment:

  • Safety
  • Constructability
  • Property, environmental and utility impacts
  • Maintaining traffic during construction
  • Cost considerations

The Project Team will complete a Categorical Exclusion (CE) environmental document during Preliminary Design. The same level of environmental documentation was used for SectionQ20. In June 2020, PennDOT mailed ‘Notice of Intent to Enter’ letters to property owners in the project area. If you received one of these letters, the project team may need to access your property to complete environmental studies or data collection. Please contact the project team using the contact information listed in the letter if you have any questions about this work

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PennDOT is required to follow NEPA on any federally-funded project. NEPA compliance requires environmental resources to be evaluated using one of three types of environmental documentation. The level of documentation is determined based on the complexity of the project. Section Y10 of the LVTIP requires the completion of a Categorical Exclusion (CE) environmental document during Preliminary Design.

The purpose of Preliminary Design is to set the roadway alignment, grade, and width. During Preliminary Design, the design team will:

  • Identify environmental resources
    • Natural resources
    • Community resources
    • Socio-economic resources
    • Cultural resources
  • Establish existing property lines and legal right-of-way
  • Layout alignments to minimize impacts to environmental resources and properties
  • Work with stakeholders to refine alignments
  • Finalize the geometry and typical section to move into Final Design

A CE is used by PennDOT when, due to the project type, complexity or area of impact, potential impacts are not expected to be significant in a project area.