|This abrupt end to US 40 east of Brownsville was the norm for nearly forty years. (Brian Reynolds)|
|Brownsville in September 1967. US 40 crosses over the new Lane Bane Bridge and a trumpet interchange with PA 88 sits in Washington County. The Intercounty Bridge sits just south of the Lane Bane Bridge. Construction on the US 40 four lane extension to Grindstone Road doesn't appear to be underway yet. (Penn Pilot)|
Fortunately since this article was originally written in June 2017, new information has come into light. From a blog comment below - the highway was to continue southeast paralleling US 40 to the US 119 bypass of Uniontown. Plans to extend the four lane US 40 to Uniontown existed to at least 1975; however, it appears that any further extension of the road would fall victim of PennDOT's troubled financial problems of the 1970s. What is still unknown is what was the planned alignment of the road - would it be a full limited access highway or include driveways and intersections. Where it would have tied into the US 119 freeway is also unknown. Finally, does the current PA Turnpike 43 follow any of the proposed highway's path.
Regardless, nothing would happen here until the later half of the 2000s. It was then, that this old unused piece of expressway would be converted to a two lane at-grade roadway connecting US 40 and Brownsville to the Mon-Fayette Expressway.
Personally, I first came across this stub end in the early 1990s when going to watch my high school football team play Brownsville Area High School. We came upon it via Grindstone Road. Grindstone Road would briefly turn into a four lane boulevard type road and crossover the never completed highway. During the 1990s, I would drive out to explore this area to search for any clues on what was never built here. I've included some photos of how it looked in 2002 when a number of us toured this oddity.
|Grading for the never built highway was still evident even with the overgrowth. (Bee Family)|
|This overpass carried Grindstone Road over the unbuilt highway.|
|Right of way and clearing was done beyond the overpass to what would have been the eastern end of the ramps for the diamond interchange. (Bee Family)|
|Grading of Redstone Way in December 2006 (Adam Prince)|
Sources & Links:
- US 40 @ PAHighways.com ---Jeff Kitsko
- PA Turnpike 43 @ PAHighways.com ---Jeff Kitsko
- Bee Family
- Brian Reynolds
- Penn-Pilot Photo Centers