The construction of the Warrendale toll plaza will
change the way that motorists travel the western end
of the PA Turnpike. At present, the Gateway
interchange is the western limit of the PA turnpike
system. When the new Warrendale
interchange is brought into service in May 2003, it will become the western
limit of the turnpikes ticket system. Motorists
traveling eastbound will stop and pick up their
tickets, while if traveling westbound, they will
stop, hand in their tickets, and pay the required
fare. EZ pass lanes will also be in use at the
With streamlining the western portion of the PA
turnpike, the Gateway Interchange will become a
“fixed rate” toll plaza. (The fare has yet to be
determined) The toll booths and facilities
between the Gateway and Warrendale interchanges will
be eliminated. This will allow for continuous travel between these two interchanges.
This project is the
construction of roadways, structures, new utility
building and the construction of the new Warrendale
The project consists of
four separate contracts: The general contract,
awarded to Mosites Contracting, for $21,721,382.00.
Plumbing, awarded to Vrabel Plumbing, for
$96,325.00. Electrical, awarded to Bruce and
Merriles, for $625,153.00, and HVAC was awarded to
Marc Services for $282,900.00.
Each contractor has a
different but equally important role in the
construction of the Warrendale toll plaza. The
general contractor (Mosites) is responsible for the
expansion, rehabilitation, and construction of the
roadway as well as, the new toll plaza area with 5
eastbound lanes and 8 westbound lanes. In order to
accomplish this, Mosites had to demolish the
existing service plaza.
The project also includes
the construction of a sound wall to shelter the
community from traffic noise. Also being done is
the extension of the existing box culvert and arch
culvert to accommodate the new toll plaza.