PITTSBURGH, PA (October 19, 2021) The Office of Mayor William Peduto has announced that the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) has received over $560,000 in grant funding for three street safety and traffic improvement projects that support Mayor Peduto’s Complete Streets and Vision Zero policies to ensure that all people traveling in the city- like pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, transit riders and more – can safely get to their destination regardless of their mode of travel. The projects also support the City’s Climate Action Plan by enhancing efficiency and therefore reducing emissions in residential and business corridors.
DOMI’s Traffic Management Center project has received $266,736 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) through their Green Light-Go Grant Program, which will fund fiber network infrastructure that will connect the center to traffic signals citywide. The important project marks the City’s first Traffic Management Center that will allow DOMI to remotely manage, monitor and adjust all traffic signals from a centralized location to improve safety and efficiency routinely and during special events.
An additional $132,000 from PennDOT’s Green Light-Go program will complement efforts by the Traffic Management Center by funding the East End Signal Retiming Project. As the Baum Blvd, Centre Avenue and Penn Avenue corridors have seen an increase in population, businesses, residential units and walkable destinations, this project will retime 50 traffic signals to match the current needs of the corridors. It will enhance flow and adapt the lights to accommodate the growing number of pedestrians, bicyclists, scooter riders, public transit and vehicles accessing the corridor while reducing emissions in these densely populated areas.
DOMI has also received a total of $162,000 from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County for the Homewood Complete Streets Planning project. This project is part of the Homewood Active Mobility Improvement Plan and will focus on making improvements the community has identified to increase their ability to safely navigate their neighborhood. Improvements include infrastructure like roads and sidewalks, traffic calming, access to public transportation as well as recreational, religious, educational and business destinations so that all people have a safe way to get where they’re going.
The grants have been presented to City Council today.