Listed below are several projects that are currently being completed with the cooperation of regional and statewide planning commissions, local organizations and the Oakland community:

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.

 

Forbes Avenue Betterment Project and the Oakland/CMU Forbes Corridor Safety Improvements Project

The last public meeting on the Forbes Avenue Betterment Project and the Oakland/CMU Forbes Corridor Safety Improvements Project was held March 1, 2018, at Carnegie Mellon University from 5-7pm. Dowload the presentation HERE.

Download the presentation from the Public Meeting held July 17, 2017, download a map of the project areadownload the presentation from the August 31, 2016 public meeting, or visit the project microsite for more detail.

In partnership, Carnegie Mellon University and OTMA led a project to build upon past pedestrian safety and mobility improvements in the Oakland area. This study received funding from the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative (PCTI) to study the main arterials of Forbes and Fifth Avenue which extend through the CMU campus, connecting Oakland to adjoining Eastern Communities. The study applied smart transportation principles to help solve these corridor transportation challenges. Data gathered in the study has assisted in the development of an infrastructure necessary to support multi-modal access including walking, bicycling, transit, and private automobiles.

 
 

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.