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Work to Begin on Forbes Avenue Sidewalk Extension and Streetscape Improvements

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 13, 2019) As part of an ongoing effort to make the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh more walkable and pedestrian-friendly, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership announced that construction will begin Monday, September 16, on a project to improve a section of Forbes Avenue.

Anchored by Market Square and extending one block east to Wood Street, the Forbes Avenue Sidewalk Extension will work to build upon the vibrancy of Market Square and extend it through this heavily-travelled corridor by extending the width of the sidewalks while incorporating dedicated zones for loading and drop-off/pick-ups.  

Work will begin starting nearest Market Square and continuing towards Wood Street. The total project duration is expected to be two months.

“We are thrilled to see additional enhancements to this corridor and appreciate the support from the City of Pittsburgh and the URA and their support of the many locally-owned businesses along this corridor,” said Jeremy Waldrup, President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “After working with community stakeholders to develop some concepts, we’re excited to see the positive impact this will have on those who use Forbes Avenue daily.”

The sidewalk extension is one part of the vision is to reimagine Forbes Avenue as a dynamic and exciting corridor that attracts patrons and that better supports the needs of Downtown businesses. Developed through a series of workshops with stakeholders and business owners along Forbes Avenue and led by the PDP, the future of the Forbes Avenue corridor was identified as being:

  • A great Downtown street with strong local business presence and activity
  • A Downtown destination throughout the day and night
  • A continuous feel and identity from Market Square onto Forbes Avenue
  • A place where pedestrians are first

As this project was intended to extend the vibe of Market Square into Forbes Avenue, the PDP has contracted a landscape architect consultant to work with the stakeholders to identify streetscape and café seating concepts for the new sidewalk extension that complement the context of the area.These enhancements will likely be seen in the spring of 2020.

Additional details:

  • Hours of construction are Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • An 8’ concrete sidewalk extension will be installed along the southern side of Forbes Avenue between Market Square and Wood Street, with a “bump-in” for loading in front of the hotel and a dedicated loading and drop-off/pick-up zone to extend from Market Square to the parking garage.
  • The on-street parking and loading lane will be removed and the road will be restriped to allow for continuous two way traffic for the duration of the project.
  • The Forbes Avenue Parking Garage will remain accessible throughout the duration of the project.
  • No equipment can start before 7:00 a.m. or extend past 5:00 p.m. Any request for work beyond these hours requires special approval from the URA one week in advance.
  • No trailers will be on-site due to limited space, and the contractor is responsible for dust control and cleaning of streets.
  • A minimum of a five foot clear and safe pedestrian path around the work site is required at all times.
  • Flaggers will be on site if the work needs to impede on a travel lane for staging or to move equipment.

About the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA)

The URA is the City of Pittsburgh's economic development agency, committed to creating jobs, expanding the City's tax base, and improving the vitality of businesses and neighborhoods. The URA achieves this mission by assembling, preparing, and conveying sites for major mixed-use developments and by providing a portfolio of programs that include financing for business location, relocation and expansion, housing construction and rehabilitation, and home purchases and improvements. The URA is also committed to equitable development and incorporates best practices for equity and inclusion into its internal and external policies and activities.

About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, non-profit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision, and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @DowntownPitt.


Timothy McNulty, Communications Director, City of Pittsburgh, or 412-660-1999

Colten Gill, Digital and Online Content Coordinator, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, 412-325-0151



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