Office of Mayor William Peduto
City Officials Release Final Maintenance Report On Washington Boulevard Flood Gates

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 30, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh and Department of Public Works released a report today profiling the operational and equipment status and repair recommendations for the Washington Boulevard Flood Warning System.

A copy of the report and assessment can be found here.  

The report was prepared by Bronder Technical Services and is the summary of an extensive inspection performed on the flood warning system equipment. The report includes a condition assessment of all system equipment, repair recommendations and initial material and labor cost estimates. 

The 12 unit Washington Boulevard Flood Warning System is comprised of Advanced Warning System (AWS) units, sensors and gates. The inspection revealed that 10 of the 12 units are operational: four of five AWS systems are working, two master controller sensor sites are fully functional, three gates are operational and the Zone 5 push button is operational. 

Of the 2 non-operational units, one AWS requires major repairs and one gate requires minor repairs. One AWS unit (SR 8 NB AWS) was damaged heavily by a vehicle collision and requires major repairs. The Negley Run/Washington Boulevard Gate arm is operational but repairs need to be made to the warning lights that are designed to illuminate when the arm is engaged.  

Repair work to get the system fully operational has begun immediately and will continue as replacement parts become available. The projected lead time on replacement part orders is 6-8 weeks. Bronder Technical Services has provided equipment and labor cost estimates. Total costs for parts, repairs, labor and inspections are not expected to exceed $50,000.  




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