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About the Project

Route 981, Section Y10 is currently in Final Design. The Y10 project extends about 2.5 miles along Hill Churches Road / Bell Memorial Church Road (Route 2023), from the Bingham Road intersection in Mount Pleasant Township, northward to Route 981 at Airport Road in Unity Township, Westmoreland County.

Anticipated Schedule*

Preliminary Design:  Complete

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

Construction: 2025 - 2027

*Schedule subject to change due to funding availability


Evaluating the Section Y10 Alignment

Section Y10 is approximately 2.5 miles long and begins near the Route 2023 intersection with Bingham Road in Unity Township. At the Route 130 intersection, the proposed alignment includes a four-way roundabout, then continues north towards existing Route 2023 and Green Street. Immediately north of this location, Section Y10 constructs a new three-way roundabout with new Route 981 and existing Route 2023 and then proceeds northwest through the Westmoreland Airpark. Section Y10 constructs a new four-way roundabout with Route 981 and a relocated Airport Road and then intersects with existing Route 981 just south of the Arnold Palmer Airport.

The Project Team completed a Categorical Exclusion (CE) environmental document during Preliminary Design. The CE was approved in April 2022. 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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During Final Design, the alternative alignment that was developed during Preliminary Engineering and received environmental clearance is further refined, detailed and presented on construction plans, and bid for construction. Also concurrent with Final Design, interrelated non-sequential tasks such as Right-of-Way acquisition, utility coordination, and permitting are performed ahead of construction.

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.

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.