PRESS RELEASES

POTENTIAL FOR TRAFFIC CONGESTION DURING DEMONSTRATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

PITTSBURGH, PA – Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich would like to caution commuters and pedestrians about possible congestion during planned protests Thursday and Friday at various educational institutions. 

"While we do not intend to close any roads for the Westboro Baptist Church demonstration, it is possible that we may need to briefly close streets in order to ensure the safety of the church members," says Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. "It might be best for those who do not have to be in the area to avoid the locations of the demonstrations." 

Planned demonstrations for Thursday, October 5 will take place at: 

  • Forbes & Morewood Ave. from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Fifth Ave. & N. Craig St. from 1:30 to 3 p.m. 
  • Forbes Ave. & Schenley Dr. from 1:30 to 4 p.m. 
  • Forbes Ave. & Magee St. from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

The group has one location in the City of Pittsburgh on Friday, October 6: 

  •  Commonwealth Place & Liberty Ave. from 9 to 11 a.m. 

"We have a plan to ensure the safety of both people and property during this protest that includes uniformed and plainclothes police officers," says Director Hissrich. 

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Published

10.04.2017

Contacts

Sonya Toler
Public Information Officer
Public Safety
412-627-3552.
sonya.toler@pittsburghpa.gov