South Fayette Township filing lawsuit in attempt to stop tolling of I-79 in Bridgeville

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. — The fight to stop proposed tolling of an Interstate 79 overpass in Allegheny County is taking a giant step, as South Fayette Township prepares to file a lawsuit in an attempt to stop it.

Target 11 has obtained an advance copy of that lawsuit that will be filed against the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Earlier this year, PennDOT announced plans to toll nine bridges across the state to pay for road improvements in those specific areas. One of those locations is the I-79 corridor in Bridgeville.

According to PennDOT, the tolls would pay for improvements to that section of Interstate 79.

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The plan was met with sharp criticism from local leaders, residents and business owners and now, the township is taking PennDOT to court.

According to the lawsuit obtained by Target 11, South Fayette Township contends that the toll road would be a financial burden to local users, and that it would direct more traffic onto local roads as drivers avoid the tolls. In addition to that, they fear it would cause congestion and an increase in traffic accidents.

The lawsuit also contends PennDOT failed to submit a report to the General Assembly, detailing the projects in advance, and failed to consult with persons affected by the proposed project.

The lawsuit that will be filed in Commonwealth Court is asking a judge to grant a permanent injunction to prevent what the township contends is immediate and irreparable harm to South Fayette Township and its citizens.

Local leaders are planning to hold a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss the lawsuit.