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.