PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 27, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works Bureau of Transportation and Engineering, in conjunction with HDR, Inc., is holding a public meeting to review the final plans for the replacement of the Greenfield Avenue Bridge. The meeting will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at St. Rosalia Catholic Church, 411 Greenfield Avenue, Wuerl Hall.
Replacement of the 94-year-old bridge begins with its closure in the fall of 2015 with demolition of the existing bridge to be completed the last week of December, between Christmas and New Year's Day. The City recognizes the inconvenience and impacts of the bridge’s closure to the surrounding community and commuters who rely on it on a day-to-day basis. Consequently, the City is committed to monitoring impacts and pursuing remedies for minimizing them.
The new bridge is a state-of-the-art steel open-spandrel arch that according to Patrick Hassett, Assistant Director of the Bureau of Engineering, "incorporates elements of the existing bridge’s original grandeur by salvaging and incorporating the decorative urns and pylons built in 1921. The new bridge combines a graceful design with improved accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists.”
Connecting the community of Greenfield to Schenley Park and beyond, a 10-foot pedestrian sidewalk and dedicated bike lane will make the bridge safer for drivers, walkers and bicyclists while expanding the City’s efforts to make Pittsburgh more walkable and bike-friendly. Landscaping of adjacent greenspace and its incorporation as part of Schenley Park will complement the attractiveness of the bridge upon entering and leaving Greenfield.
During the public meeting, there will be a presentation at 6:30 p.m. with an opportunity to learn about the bridge’s design including detours, construction plans and roadway plans for drivers and bicyclists. Anyone interested in the project is welcome to attend.
For more information about the public meeting, please contact Lisa Olszak Zumstein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-679-9261.
The City is working with the Oakland Transportation Management Association to set up an interactive project website.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
City of Pittsburgh
Cell: (412) 925-1990
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