The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on June 30 ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by the Allegheny County municipalities of South Fayette Township, Collier Township and Bridgeville Borough.
The court, without a dissent, found that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has no authority to implement its plan to toll nine bridges across the state, including a bridge on Interstate 79 in South Fayette Township, near the South Fayette/Bridgeville interchange.
“This ruling is a great relief to the many residents, business owners and local employees who have been worried about the financial burden of paying tolls on I-79,” said Gwen A. Rodi, president of the South Fayette Township Board of Commissioners. “The township acted quickly to protect the interests of our citizens and business community, and we are pleased with the result.”
The court determined that the Major Bridge P3 Initiative—a statewide plan to use public-private partnerships to repair or replace major bridges, including the I-79 bridge—is void, having been approved by the Public-Private Transportation Partnership Board (P3 Board) in violation of Act 88 and the P3 Manual.