PITTSBURGH, PA (July 22, 2014) The city’s Public Works and Public Safety departments have been working for weeks with the Pirates, the Sports & Exhibition Authority, the Coast Guard, and private parking operators in hopes of hosting a fun, safe and clean event for Saturday night’s concert at PNC Park.
“The city of Pittsburgh stands ready to welcome the more than 38,000 fans coming here to enjoy a good time on the North Shore Saturday, but has put plans in place to make sure all fans are safe and respectful at the same time,” Mayor William Peduto said.
Parking lots are scheduled to open at 2 p.m. - three and a half hours before gates to PNC Park open at 5:30 p.m. (Lots at the previous Luke Bryan concert at Heinz Field opened at 11 a.m.)
Police will enforce the posted parking lot code of conduct throughout the area. All vehicles in designated lots will be provided trash and recycling bags. Alco is providing 200 port-o-johns for the Aldean concert, up from 160 for the Bryan concert.
Once the first act begins performing, Police will begin to check all North Shore parking lots. At that time, non-ticketed guests will be asked to leave the premises. Tailgating during the concert is not permitted. All parking lot guests for the concert must vacate the lots by 7:30 p.m.
Alco Parking will do trash pickup during the concert starting at 7 p.m., and another pickup following the event. All lots will be cleaned overnight in preparation for the AC Milan/Manchester City game at Heinz Field on Sunday. The Pirates and the SEA will do North Shore Park cleanup.
Inspectors from the city Bureau of Building Inspection will visit North Shore lots Sunday and possibly cite lot owners for excess litter.
Both the City of Pittsburgh and PNC Park will be providing a sufficient number of officers necessary to meet the security needs of the event. The Pirates are also increasing their in-house security forces, and 17 medics (from city and suburban bureaus) will be inside the park. Pennsylvania State Police and Allegheny County police are available for backup, if necessary.
Allegheny County horse-mounted police will be patrolling.
Boaters are encouraged to practice safe, responsible activity on both the water and on shore. Due to safety concerns, authorities do not recommend that boaters “raft” or tie boats together on the rivers.
Public Works crews will empty North Shore trash cans Saturday afternoon and will return after the concert, working overnight from 11:00 p.m. -7:00 a.m. to empty receptacles and also flush and sweep streets.
North Shore Drive from Tony Dorsett Drive to Mazeroski Way -- And Mazeroski Way from North Shore Drive to W. General Robinson -- will be closed.
The closures begin early Thursday morning following the Pirates 7:05 p.m. game on Wednesday. They will reopen Monday at 11:00 p.m.
The Roberto Clemente Bridge and Federal Street will close Saturday morning.
Motorists should beware of construction projects impacting local traffic.
Liberty Tunnel outbound lanes will be closed around the clock through Monday, July 28.
Liberty Tunnel inbound lanes will be closed each night from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. through August 8.
Squirrel Hill tunnel outbound will have overnight single lane closures from 11:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night.
Squirrel Hill Tunnel inbound will have overnight single lane closures from 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Contacts: Timothy McNulty, Communications Manager, Office of Mayor William Peduto, 412-660-1999; Katie O’Malley, Assistant Communications Manager, Office of Mayor William Peduto, 412-925-1990
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
City of Pittsburgh
Office: (412) 925-1990
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