Office of Mayor William Peduto
Public Works To Begin Repair Work of Lake Elizabeth Next Week

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 7, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced that work to repair the basin of Lake Elizabeth in Allegheny Commons Park in the North Side will begin next week.

Lake Elizabeth was last rehabilitated in the 1960’s but was followed by decades of disinvestment. Due to severe cracks and structural deficiencies in the asphalt basin, Lake Elizabeth was in recent years leaking approximately 62 million gallons of water annually, leading to its closure. DPW has developed a temporary solution to re-fill the lake that is expected to last 2-3 years until a long-term renovation project is developed and executed.

The phases of repair work beginning next week include: draining the remaining water in the lake, allowing the basin surface to dry out, applying an asphalt sealant to prevent continuous leaks on the bottom of the lake, and refilling Lake Elizabeth to the normal water level.

The asphalt sealant installation will cost approximately $85,000.

Once DPW repairs the basin and restores the lake to a functional level, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) will install a gunite border along the perimeter of Lake Elizabeth. Gunite, a durable concrete mixture, requires cooler temperatures for installation. PWSA will perform the gunite installation work in the Fall 2016.

DPW, PWSA, Allegheny Commons Initiative and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy are currently in the process of developing a collaborative, long-term solution for the repair and reconstruction of Lake Elizabeth.

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