The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission last week announced that it is looking to gauge interest among private corporations to build the remaining incomplete sections of the Mon-Fayette Expressway and Southern Beltway projects near Pittsburgh.

The PTC board on Tuesday approved a measure to advertise for a request for expressions of interest, or REI, for the financing, construction, and operation of the roads. The 50 miles of new expressway would cost about $5.2 billion total, and currently there is not enough funding from the state or the federal government to take on the project. Currently, 35 miles of the Mon-Fayette Expressway have been built, and six miles of the Southern Beltway have been constructed.

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