FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 1, 2022
Mayor Ed Gainey and Councilman Corey O’Connor Announce Legislation to Establish Commission on Infrastructure Asset Reporting and Investment
PITTSBURGH – Mayor Ed Gainey and Councilman Corey O’Connor announced legislation to establish The Commission on Infrastructure Asset Reporting and Investment, which will advise on best practices for both short- and long-term investment in the upkeep and improvement of major City-maintained infrastructure assets. The Commission will also provide the Administration and City Council policy and budgeting recommendations on City-maintained infrastructure and future infrastructure projects and investments.
The Commission will be comprised of 15 members, including city officials, organized labor representatives, representatives of the construction industry and City residents with credentials and experience relevant to construction and/or infrastructure maintenance.
“The collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge has prompted my Administration to take swift action to ensure adequate investment of our City’s infrastructure,” said Mayor Gainey. “This legislation will allow us to implement best practices for long-term maintenance of our critical assets and provide greater transparency to the public. I thank Councilman O’Connor for partnering with my administration on this issue and I look forward to working with City Council to advance this important legislation.”
The legislation was also accompanied by an ordinance to amend current city code and establish regular update reports on the portfolio of major City-maintained infrastructure such as bridges, tunnels, and other infrastructure. The reports will be developed by the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure and will be readily accessible to the public through a website created in collaboration with the Department of Innovation and Performance.
The two pieces of legislation were introduced by Councilman Corey O’Connor.
“Public infrastructure is vital to the health and well-being of our communities, and I’m proud to introduce these reforms in partnership with the Mayor’s Office,” said City Councilman Corey O’Connor. “These bills make the process of maintaining and improving our infrastructure more transparent. To make sure that Pittsburghers get to where they need to go safely and securely, this legislation will also bring experts to the table to provide guidance on our immediate infrastructure needs and prioritizing long-term strategic investment.”
Legislation to establish the commission and regular infrastructure update reports is expected to be considered at Council’s Standing Committee meeting on February 9th.