The Department of Public Works is preparing for a predicted 6 to 12 inches of snowfall starting Sunday night, and warning residents of possibly treacherous road conditions come Monday.
As of Friday morning, light snow was expected during the day Sunday with larger amounts hitting the area after 6 p.m. Sunday evening public works crews will begin working in 12-hour shifts with 50 trucks dispatched overnight and 65 trucks, including tractors affixed with plows, dispatched early Monday morning.
Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works divisions with help from the Department of Innovation and Performance are continuing their multi-pronged efforts to improve road conditions citywide.
Mayor William Peduto issued an executive order today to announce new rules governing the distribution of unrestricted parking passes held by current and former City of Pittsburgh employees, Allegheny County employees, authority employees and others.
The City of Pittsburgh has begun a 72-hour pothole blitz to protect drivers from a rash of damaging potholes that have grown as a result of the winter’s freezing and thawing cycle. The blitz will last as long as the warmer weather stays in the region, which is projected to be through Friday.
In August, East Liberty Development, Inc. held their Circulation & Mobility Public Kickoff event to give the public a chance to voice their vision on how to make East Liberty a better place to “walk, roll, bike, bus, drive and park.” They’re looking for ongoing public participation in the planning processes for improving parking, walkability, and accessibility by holding a series of workshops. Each will be held at the Carnegie Library – East Liberty (130 S. Whitfield Street) from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. A light dinner will also be served at each event.
Pennsylvania state law requires PennDOT to prepare an update to Pennsylvania’s Twelve Year Transportation Program every two years and submit it to the Pa. State Transportation Commission (STC). It’s then sent to the Governor, the General Assembly and the Secretary of Transportation. The purpose of the program is to evaluate the condition of our transportation system and create a blueprint of prioritized transportation projects in order to ensure economic development throughout our state.
According to the Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA), over 100,000 pedestrians and 75,000 vehicles travel through Oakland each and every day. OTMA’s mission is to create a better and safer transportation environment for those who visit, work, and live in the Oakland area by decreasing the amount of people using single occupancy vehicles, supporting the use of public transit, and encouraging walking and cycling.
Next year will see the start of Pittsburgh’s first bike-share program with 500 bikes available at 50 stations. This will mean even more people of varying abilities will be sharing the road with automotive drivers. CyclingSavvy is a workshop created to make confident and competent cyclists to establish Pittsburgh as a safe and bike-friendly city. The program works to change the belief patterns and behaviors of cyclists by using innovative and modern teaching techniques.
Traveling over many Pennsylvania bridges, one becomes acutely aware that we have some serious infrastructure problems in this state. In fact, with 4,000+, PA comes in number one in having the most structurally deficient state-owned bridges in the nation. Worst of all, this problem is only going to get worse.
East Liberty has made great strides since a well-intentioned–but ultimately destructive–urban renewal program in the 1960s disrupted the urban grid and created the opposite of the desired effect to attract more people to businesses in the district. The first community plan, A Vision for East Liberty, was produced in 1999 to try to repair the damage done. Its success has led to the 2010 East Liberty Community Plan and the 2012 East Liberty Circulation & Mobility Vision.