$81 Million Crows Run Announcement Came As A Shock To Commissioners

State Senator Elder Vogel at Crows Run announcement / via Vogel's Office

State Senator Elder Vogel at Crows Run announcement / via Vogel’s Office

After nearly 55 years of talk, the long hoped for “Crows Run Project” is about to become a reality according to State Senator Elder Vogel (R-New Sewickley).

Senator Vogel’s office announced an $81 million project by PennDOT today to complete the final leg of a road between Cranberry and Route 65. The project will realign portions of Freedom Crider Road and Crows Run Road in New Sewickley Township and Conway Borough and involve the relocation of portions of Crows Run Creek.

The announcement apparently caught local officials by surprise, including the Beaver County Commissioners. Sources inside of the Democratic Party tell the Beaver Countian that local officials were told about the project in a late night phone call from officials with Senator Vogel’s Office, tipping them to show up at a press conference scheduled for this morning.

Sources tell the Beaver Countian that Democratic State Representative Rob Matzie wasn’t even invited to the press event. Republican Commissioner Dennis Nichols wasn’t at the official announcement either.

The state is expected to begin acquiring properties needed for the project through eminent domain beginning this year. Construction is scheduled to start in 2016 with a completion date for the project slated for 2020.

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Reader Comments:


Guest
1 year 1 month ago

81 million going into some Beaver County Crooked Politian Pocket!

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Mike
1 year 1 month ago

I will believe it when I see it!

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J.d. Fordyce
1 year 1 month ago

That’s because if the democrats knew it was a 81 million dollar budget they would have scammed most of the money!

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

Cause that’s what we need. I’m curious as to what construction company will get the job, will they be local or from out of state? How will they be related to the government official?

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1 year 1 month ago

Not new Mike Veon said to do bbc.co this 20 years ago !!!

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

Only 81 million. Sounds like low balling.

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

Penndot stealing more peoples homes.

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

Amazing news! And on the same day the long awaited Veterans Bridge opened. Lets see how long this project really takes.

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

This is great news for Beaver County! Finally opening up the other end of the valley for business!

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gringo
1 year 1 month ago

Sure it does, people want to come to Ambridge and Baden to shop.It to benefit Cranberry

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1 year 1 month ago

PennDOT has an open bidding process. The project will go to the lowest bidder.

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

Finally!

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JoeDoe
1 year 1 month ago

I just heard on the news it will take up to 5 years to complete! As much as this has been a long awaited project to happen, the traffic situation will be a total nightmare during the construction phase! 

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SpeakTheTruthToo
1 year 1 month ago

Maybe it was kept a secret so that someone else didn’t try to steal his thunder?

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eddiemerchant
1 year 1 month ago

Here’s the thing; Having it approved and the funding in place, and getting it done are two entirely separate things.  Some may remember that Congressman Kolter had secured funding for a new Aliquippa- Ambridge bridge and that project died on the vine.  The key concern with this project is that the easements/right of ways are not in place, and I recall that there was an issue with property in that area regarding the Crows Run Expressway (another project that’s died on the vine).  If significant disputes/lawsuits arise over the value paid for these public takings the cost of this project will exceed its budget and likely will never get built.  Let’s wait until the right of ways are secured before we start planning our new route to Cranberry township.  Five years is a long way off.

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

That’s because they were planning a house warming for Joe Spanik , he’s moving to Hopewell news has it .HaHa

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

It is about time.

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

What a waist of money! Where are the jobs Elder Vogel? When are you people going to hold these elected officials accountable?

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Member
1 year 1 month ago

A two lane road at 40 mile an hour? Whoa. Be still my heart. Spanik says Cranberry people will be coming to Beaver County now. What for? All the dollar stores? There’s nothing here. It’ll just make it somewhat easier for all of us to still go to Cranberry. Beaver County is dying.

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liljoemama
1 year 1 month ago

u so right nothing but pizza parlors,drug stores ,dollar stores and some nasty grade c dept stores .

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Nikki
1 year 1 month ago

Don’t forget, our brand new, shiny Wal-Mart!! *facepalm*

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

should have happened 25 years ago! I work in cranberry everyday.

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newyorker
1 year 1 month ago

Typical.  Beaver County Commissioners with their heads up their arses.  It’s only appropriate that they SHOULDN’T be invited to the press conference.  What have they done, really, to grow Beaver County over the past 30 years?  If they’re going to sit on their hands and do nothing, then people who WILL do something are going to go over their heads.  And it’s certainly about freaking time.

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liljoemama
1 year 1 month ago

And dumber than rocks no doubt

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Homeboy
1 year 1 month ago

I’am surprised the Commissioners know where New Sewickley is. Without h20 and sewage, this does nothing for the New Sewickley area.

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steelcity
1 year 1 month ago

I couldn’t agree with you more Homeboy.

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steelcity
1 year 1 month ago

On the h20 and sewage.

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1 year 1 month ago

They have been talking about connecting Beaver county to I-79 since ive been alive . Its a good thing . They will probably make it a toll road . One of the plans was to replace the Ambridge Bridge and that road would go to Cranberry and 79. It would make it much easier for people working in Cranberry .

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1 year 1 month ago

I worked in Zelie for 20 years and it sure would have been nice not to drive thru the valley every day and out 68. 45 minutes to go 20 miles

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tenney/nolan
1 year 12 days ago

Ill believe it when I see it. I grew up on crows run and they have been talking about it FOREVER!!!!

Guest
1 year 11 days ago

That’s a beautiful valley – hate to loose more trees now that so many are up and dying in Western PA.