DOMI Announces Walnut Street Lighting Project

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 24, 2021) The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) is excited to announce a new complete pedestrian scale, street lighting system on Walnut Street in the Shadyside neighborhood. The project will consist of implementing 30 new decorative poles and LED acorn light fixtures that will be energized through underground conduit. Work is anticipated to start today, Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

The City’s project is being coordinated and phased in with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s ongoing work. When the project is complete, Walnut Street will have a great new look with a new lighting design and newly paved roadway.

Work will be phased to minimize parking and business deliveries obstructions. Businesses will remain open thrughout the entirety of the project. Detour signs will be placed to direct motorist to Ellsworth Avenue for both directions of travel. For side streets, advanced Road Closed Ahead signs will be posted to warn drivers of upcoming closures at intersections. Sidewalks will remain open throughout the entire project.

For more information, please see the Walnut Street Lighting Project Factsheet on our webpage

Questions about the project can be directed to DOMI’s Operations Manager Denny Robinson at 412-606-2178 or


A correction has been issued to this release to include that the new lighting fixtures will be energized through underground conduit. It was previously reported that the existing lighting and utility poles will be removed and that the project would improve the streetscape of Walnut Street and eliminate some of the existing overhead wiring and visual clutter. However, there are 13 existing cobrahead roadway lights attached to wooden utility poles with overhead wiring that will remain. No existing poles or existing overhead wiring are being removed or relocated as part of this project.


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Molly Onufer
Communications Director
Mayor's Office