Listed below are several projects we have been a partner in completing along with the cooperation of regional and statewide planning commissions, local organizations and the Oakland community:

Birmingham Bridge (SR2805) Rehabilitation Project

This major bridge rehabilitation project, estimated Contract Value of $28.5 million, is anticipated to begin in September 2014. The Birmingham Bridge Preservation Project will include the painting of the entire superstructure, steel repairs, bearing replacements, substructure repairs, light pole replacements and a concrete overlay. Traffic will be crossed over and maintained on the bridge that carries Route 2085? over the Monongahela River in the City of Pittsburgh. Various overnight and weekend ramp and lane closures and possible detours will occur on several roadways in the area of the bridge. Construction will conclude in Summer 2017.

 

Greenfield Bridge Replacement

Originally constructed circa 1921, inspection and analysis of the structure has indicated the bridge needs to be replaced. The bridge location and architecture suggest a context sensitive design and coordination with PennDOT for I-376 traffic impacts. It is anticipated that pedestrian, cyclist and vehicular traffic will be rerouted for the full duration of the work.

 

Reconstruction of SR0400 Baum Blvd

Roadway reconstruction work will occur on Route 380 (Baum Boulevard/North Craig Street/Bigelow Boulevard) between Morewood Avenue and Herron Avenue in the City of Pittsburgh.  The project includes full depth reconstruction from the Bigelow Boulevard eastbound off-ramp to the Bloomfield Bridge to the Baum Avenue Bridge over the PAT Busway.  Additionally, reconstruction of the Baum Avenue bridge deck and milling and resurfacing of Baum Avenue from the bridge to Morewood Avenue will occur.  Other work includes reconstruction of ADA curb cut ramps, traffic signal upgrades and pavement reconstruction at the Bloomfield Bridge.

 

Bates Street/Second Avenue Improvement Project (Eliza Furnace Trail)

Slated for completion in early 2011, The Bates Street / Second Avenue improvement project involves replacing and raising the Eliza Furnace Trail Bridge, enhancing Eliza Trail roadway reconstruction, new signage, and altering traffic patterns to a smoother flow of traffic.

 

Bike Rack Replacement

The University of Pittsburgh has maintained bicycle parking facilities (racks and lockers) for thirteen years with funding procured by OTMA. Together, OTMA and Pitt were successful in receiving joint Federal funding in December to replace 100 of the original bike racks and lockers. As bicycle parking has become a greater demand in recent years, this money will be used to provide stable racks and secure lockers for bicycle commuters.

 

Hometown Streets: Forbes/Fifth Avenue Pedestrian Safety and Mobility Improvements

After four years of planning, design, and engineering, construction began on the Forbes/Fifth Avenue Pedestrian Safety and Mobility Improvement project. Throughout the process, OTMA served as the community outreach organization for Oakland commuters, residents, businesses, and institutions. The determined efforts of committed partners and funders – the University of Pittsburgh, the City of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and OTMA – proved successful in updating 11 high-traffic pedestrian intersections in the Fifth and Forbes corridor.

The updates to these intersections are tremendous. Once outdated crosswalks now have pedestrian countdown signals, curb extensions, handicapped ramps, crosswalk delineations, enhanced lighting and new pedestrian islands. These enhancements have made pedestrians and bikers more visible to motorists – creating a much safer, convenient, and visually appealing neighborhood.

 

I-376 Parkway East Corridor Transportation Network Project

PennDOT Engineering District 11, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, is pleased to announce the kick-off of the public outreach efforts for the I-376 Parkway East Corridor Transportation Network Project. The overall goal of the Project is to perform a comprehensive transportation evaluation of the I-376, Parkway East corridor and to develop and design strategies to improve safety and mobility on the corridor transportation network. Completing this survey will help the Oakland Transportation Management Association in assisting with the collection of data that will aid in the project development process and will also help establish the basis for any possible future improvement strategies.

 

Joncaire Streets Steps Replacement Project

On November 10, 2014 PennDOT announced the selection of fifty-six projects that improve transportation alternatives were to be funded thru the Transportation Alternative Program (TAP), the Joncaire Street Steps Improvement Project was among the projects chosen; slated to receive $384,000 for the demolition and rebuilding of the public stairway.

In order to help Pittsburghers safely navigate the steep terrain quickly in the days before the automobile, steps and stairs sprung up all over the city. On some of the steepest hills, steps even double as legal streets. The Joncaire steps (136 stairs) located in the Oakland neighborhood are a  key connection between Panther Hollow and Central Oakland, however the current condition of Joncaire Street public stairway does not allow safe use by pedestrians. On July 22, 2014 a Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funding application for the demolition and rebuilding of the public stairway was submitted in partnership between the Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA) and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works (DPW). The improvements would provide multimodal access for bikes  and pedestrians; encouraging use by residents, students and faculty from two key regional educational institutions, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to providing access into Schenley Park and as well as access into the Three Rivers Regional Trail System.

 


 

The steps closed on Monday, October 9, 2017. Signage has been posted on both the top and bottom of the steps. 

In late January 2018, Clearwater, the Contractor, formed the top, bottom, and path landings and placed concrete. Minimal work was done in February while the railing and light poles were fabricated off-site.

There will be no closures of Joncaire Street. Flaggers will be necessary, at times, to maintain one lane of alternating traffic.

All day work is anticipated.

The estimated completion is Summer 2018. Click HERE to view the project's traffic control plans which includes a pedestrian detour.

Please Note: Joncaire Steps are CLOSED while under construction. Trespassing is Not Safe OR Permitted and could result in injury or financial penalties.

For any questions please contact OTMA at info@otma-pgh.org or (412) 687-4505.

Click HERE to read news coverage from the Post-Gazette.

 

SR885: Boulevard of the Allies Bridge Project

Starting in 2004, OTMA has been directly involved as an integral part of the Boulevard of the Allies Bridge Project design team, a representative of the Oakland Task Force, and PennDOT’s community outreach partner. Completed at the start of 2009, the project involved a new ramp connecting Fifth avenue to the boulevard and replacement of existing boulevard bridges and roadways complete with paving and landscaping. The redesign of this outdated interchange has created a much more efficient, attractive, and safer gateway to Oakland’s medical, educational, and cultural hubs