A 13-mile, $900 million portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Southern Beltway (Interstate 576), including 4 miles in South Fayette Township, opened October 15, 2021.
The new portion of highway, between Interstate 79 and Route 22, links with the existing 6-mile Findlay Connector to provide a route to Pittsburgh International Airport.
Initially, only two ramps opened at the I-79 interchange. They carry traffic from northbound I-79 to westbound I-576 toward the airport, and from eastbound I-576 to southbound I-79. The rest of the ramps are expected to open in summer 2022.
The South Fayette portion of the project includes the South Fayette Way interchange, which allows drivers to use the Southern Beltway between Route 50 and I-79 without paying a toll.
Between South Fayette and the airport, drivers pass through three toll points. Each toll is $1.30 with E-ZPass or $2.60 with cashless toll-by-plate.
The overall beltway includes five interchanges: I-79, South Fayette Way, Route 22, Beech Hollow Road and McDonald-Midway.