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:

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.

 

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

PennDOT held the public meeting on the Forbes Avenue Betterment Project and the Oakland/CMU Forbes Corridor Safety Improvements Project on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at the Carnegie Mellon University Jared L. Cohon University Center, Rangos 3 room, 5032 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Public Meeting took place at 5pm. Call (412) 268-2107 for details.

Download the presentation from the 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.

Click to read news coverage from the Post-Gazette.