Have you made your 311 complaint this week?

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rsprake
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TOPIC OF CONCERN

Shared lane markings on Liberty Ave

MESSAGE

The bike lane markings have not been repainted since paving Liberty Ave through the Bloomfield business district.


dwillen
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TOPIC OF CONCERN

Missing Bus Shelter

MESSAGE

The bus shelter at 5th Ave opposite Atwood in Oakland was removed. Initially I thought it was temporary for the work UPMC was doing on the adjacent property, but work appeared to end several weeks ago, and the shelter is still gone. Waiting in the rain for the bus is no fun.


dwillen
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Quick turn around! Sorry, send your complaint to the black hole.

Since the Port Authority Transit system is under the jurisdiction of Allegheny County, not the City of Pittsburgh, we do not have the authority to make any changes in the bus stops or locations, nor to add or remove any accompaniments at any particular stop. This request or concern will need to be directed to Port Authority of Allegheny County, at (412) 442-2000. You may report your concern to their Customer Service Office, and ask that it be resolved.


dmtroyer
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INCIDENT ADDRESS William Penn Pl

TOPIC OF CONCERN

Illegal Parking

MESSAGE

I filed this with the police online tip form but I thought I should pass it along to 311 as well. Vehicles are being regularly parked or stopped along the west side of William Penn Pl in the morning during the hours of 7-9am when there is posted “No Parking/Stopping” signs regularly. This concerns me as a bicycle commuter who uses this street everyday as it greatly increases the chances of getting “doored” and thrown into traffic.


Steven
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Incident Address

Winterburn Ave at Alger Street

Topic of Concern

pothole

Message

Pothole on Winterburn Ave just south of Alger Street. This block is full of patches and could do with repaving, but there’s a particularly large hole there now.

Reported 5/29/11

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This is to inform you that the City of Pittsburgh has completed and closed your Service Request.

Summary of action taken:

Per DPW 3rd Div:

Completed 6/30/11

Report of completion sent 08/05/2011

So four weeks to fix the problem, five more to email back that the problem’s been fixed. (I assume they fixed it. Have to check next time I go that way. I know the block was still in awful shape last time I went that way.)


dwillen
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The potholes have potholes on that road. I can’t tell what is a hole and what is valley between patches. The parking lane is the only part of the road that is remotely flat.


james.a
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I made a complaint to repaint shared lane markings along Penn Avenue through the Strip. Looks like it’s in the works.


dmtroyer
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INCIDENT ADDRESS Penn & 16th

TOPIC OF CONCERN

Abandoned Vehicle

MESSAGE

There is an abandoned vehicle at Penn Ave & 16th St, inbound in the right lane. It has been there since last week.


salty
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Well, I am 0-for-life in getting my 311’s resolved, but we’ll see…

YOUR TOPIC

missing crosswalks on beechwood blvd

YOUR COMMENT

I noticed some of the lines and crosswalks on the newly repaved section of Beechwood were painted last week, but the two crosswalks between 5th and Wilkins (near Hastings and Lyndhurst Green) are still missing.

Replies

311 Response Center Web Form reply: 08/30/2011 @ 2:40 pm

We have notified the appropriate personnel about this issue. The Service Request ID number associated with this request is 256042.

Thank you for contacting our 311 Response Center!


salty
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Hey!!! I finally won one! It’s not at all bike-related, but – w00t! Maybe this is all due to my alter-ego, the walker!


Erica
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Called the other about a drain with crumbling concrete around it at penn/13th, and mentioned that all of penn ave between 11th-16th could use some love before winter hits, specifically the outbound lane.

I feel that I should probably follow up on that, I’ve reported that area multpiple times before, and all that came of it was some quick patchwork which was gone in a few months. :-/


David Watson
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I wonder if anyone has had the same issue I have with overflow parking at the casino on the north shore protruding onto the bike trail? I ran into this friday night on my commute home from work and it was so bad that I almost crashed going off the asphalt into a mud and rocks bog on my skinny tires. If cars were parked like this on the street, they’d be keyed, rammed, ticketed, booted, and removed. I’m not sure why this is acceptable for the casino other than the fact that there are very few of us that rely on this stretch of trail daily.


rsprake
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Did you report it to 311?


Impala26
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INCIDENT ADDRESS: Panther Hollow Trail from Boundary Street to Greenfield Avenue

TOPIC OF CONCERN: Overgrowth – Public Property

MESSAGE:

The section of Panther Hollow Trail from the parking lot on Boundary Street to the underpass at Greenfield Ave is overgrown by plants in several spots, especially along Saline Street. It is also littered with plant and other debris. Also, there is a spot along this section where an access road leads up to a rail line, but the trail is littered with heavy stone aggregate from this railroad. My request is to have all overgrown plants cut back along this stretch and the trail cleared of plant and other debris including the heavy stone aggregate and then finally cleaned up to some extent of the mud/runoff on the hill edge of the trail. I think that this would be greatly appreciated by the cyclists like myself who utilize this trail as a route into Oakland on a regular basis. Thank you.


Impala26
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Not exactly a “bike” issue, but one that’s been irking me for some time now. Come to think of it, it is a bit of a bike issue if you consider how obtrusive the Japanese Knotweed growing along places like the Junction Hollow trail or Baker Street going up to Morningside.

TOPIC OF CONCERN: Concern – issue or policy

MESSAGE:

Here is a copy of the email that I sent to Pittsburgh Public works about three weeks ago, but received no response:

“To whom it may concern: I am a lifelong Pittsburgh area resident current residing in South Oakland. I have been having growing concerns about the ever expanding banks and groves of invasive plant species such as Japanese Knotweed and Kudzu Vine. A large grove of these plants can be seen throughout the Junction Hollow Valley and around the hillsides of Oakland. These plants are truly aggressively invasive, slowly crowding out all native plant species wherever they begin to grow. Knotweed can grow in poor soil and can sprout from the smallest crevasses in sidewalks and foundations. Kudzu quickly climbs over trees and utility lines, blanketing entire areas at once. Not only are these plants merely a visual nuisance, their populations interfere with native ecosystems and negatively impact the water retention of soils where they grow.

I am not entirely sure who to voice my concerns to, so I assumed the city’s department of public works was a good place to start. After some cursory research, I realize that this issue is not merely a city issue, but a large-scale regional, possibly national issue as well. I wanted to know what plans the city or other organizations might have to deal with this (literally) growing problem. Aside from conventional herbicide and cutting (the former is hazardous and the latter is relatively ineffective), I have heard that those in the UK have started combating the plants with natural biological weapons such as introducing natural (Asian) fungal and insect plant consumers that leave little to no impact on native plants.

This has been a concern of mine for some time now, so I have wanted to know if the issue is getting any consideration. Please let me know if this email would be better directed at other organizations or persons. I greatly appreciate any feedback on this issue. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Nick Grego”

As stated, I would like this to be forwarded to the relevant person or department if possible. Thank you very much for your time.


rsprake
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TOPIC OF CONCERN

Traffic

MESSAGE

At the start of the Liberty Ave bike lanes at both Baum Blvd and Herron Ave drivers are not staying in their lane. You can see the behavior best at Herron Ave where the left line of the bike lane is washed away from all of the cars running over it. This is a safety issue for cyclists. My suggestion is to paint a dashed line through the intersection to clarify where the lane will be.


edmonds59
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I would like to see much more use of those plastic pylons like in Homestead, in limited specific locations. This sounds like a good place, just like a 30 foot row, at certain intersections. Suggest?


rsprake
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On Liberty outbound before the turn to the Bloomfield bridge. East Liberty Blvd at the start and end of the bike lanes.


salty
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A huge percentage of drivers are unable to control their car well enough to navigate the little “kink” at the bottom of beechwood without cutting through the bike lane. That probably applies to the other sharp turns on beechwood as well.


Impala26
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@salty:

Clearly, those folks aren’t going the posted 25mph speed limit if that’s the case. I know firsthand my father regular does 40mph on the stretch of Beechwood between Wilkins and Fifth.


salty
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I know firsthand almost everyone does 35-40 on that stretch considering I’m doing 25-30 and I get passed all the time. (that’s uphill, of course :)

But, I don’t think it’s purely a matter of speed in that particular place – just complete incompetence and/or apathy.


rsprake
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They split my request into two, enforcement and painting. It looks like they repainted the outside bike lane lines on Liberty’s hill but not the dotted lines as I suggested.

The problem with just repainting the lines is that it doesn’t help drivers find the lane before it’s too late and they are driving over top of it.


rsprake
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Just received a response from 311. They closed the ticket by repainting the outside line.


cburch
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the signage at the bloomfield bridge is badly in need of updating to match the new plan as well. all sorts of people driving over the new outbound bike/bus lane to cut around the rest of the through-traffic still.


rsprake
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No sharrows yet either.


jonawebb
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BTW I wanted to mention that this works, at least as far as clearing the storm drains goes. I’d noticed that the storm drains on Forbes Ave in Frick Park were never cleared, and thought that was just the way it was. There was an article in the P-G about this with me whining. Well, I started contacting 311 through the web site, and now they are cleared. No more trash in the bike lane and maybe it will make a difference next time there’s an East End flood. So it’s worthwhile.


Pseudacris
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Beware of a few deep holes in the door zone across from Phipps Conservatory (Flagstaff Hill side).

I just reported them on the 311 web form which has some SPIFFY NEW UPGRADES since I used it last, namely the ability to upload photos and to add a pinpoint to google maps.


dmtroyer
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I 311’d the dumpster halfway in the Liberty Ave bike lane (outbound) but it was gone by the time they got around to checking it a week later.


pinky
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The crosswalks through the West End Circle have big (clementine-sized) rocks littered all through them, probably from where the roadway is breaking up. I just sent in my first 311 for them :)

Question – does it matter if you’re not a city resident? Just wondering if folks have seen more/less response based on their residency. Because I’m not a city resident, but I’m in the city more than I’m at home.


Erica
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came across this today:

This picture was taken at eye level with the cover:

29th st at penn ave in the strip

They now have a map where you can pinpoint the spot where the problem is on the online form.


sloaps
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Not really a complaint, but Maintenance responded to my 311 and will be turning on fountains next week.


salty
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INCIDENT ADDRESS Putnam St.

TOPIC OF CONCERN Parking

MESSAGE

I often see cars parking in front of the bike/ped path, and sometimes (like today) they park ON the path. This has been an ongoing problem for at least the two years I’ve been using this route daily. It creates a hazard for people trying to legitimately use the paths and I would like to see some “no parking” signs and enforcement here.

It looks like there were boulders placed to prevent people from driving on the path but they have been moved.

Here are some pictures: April 3: http://goo.gl/X2RBs

March 20: http://goo.gl/Fd66p http://goo.gl/HzXd8

LATITUDE 40.45526639360101 LONGITUDE -79.91623520851135


salty
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BTW, I also remembered on this path on Monday morning there were 2 black metal poles in the middle of the path, it looked like someone removed them from the adjacent fence and put them there. I stopped and tossed them into the gutter.

They were easy to spot in the daytime but might have been hard to see at night, and possibly unpleasant to hit. WTF is wrong with people?


Pseudacris
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^ I wonder if some yellow or red curb paint would be a useful deterrent to cars blocking the path?

If anyone has extra Fiks dots or other reflective scraps, a good use of them might be for poles here and there like the ones Salty mentions above.


salty
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I doubt it, considering people park right in front of the NO PARKING sign on Putnam (which might be intended to cover the whole street?). And, if you’re a big enough idiot/asshole to park on the path, you’re certainly not going to be deterred by paint.

There are some big boulders there that could be used to block cars from going on the path, and looks like they might have done just that at some point. I don’t know how many people it would take to move them but if anyone else is not interested in doing a little guerrilla public works project I would definitely also not pitch in.

As for the poles, they were just lying in the middle of the path. Someone ripped them off the bottom of the fence and put them there intentionally. They were 6ft long pipes, basically.


salty
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April 5… same SUV as tuesday. Must be nice to have your own personal parking space and not wonder why you’re the only one who parks there.

Is there anything more direct that can be done? Calling 911 seems a bit heavy-handed. Maybe someone with contacts could show this to the mayor or someone.


dmtroyer
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wave down a cop? I’m sure they would be very helpful.


reddan
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@salty: Guerrilla ‘Department of Informal Public Works’ bollard installation?

Drive a steel fence post into the ground at the very end of the path, spray-paint it hazard orange, and hang a “NO PARKING” sign on the top. If you want to make it even more noticeable (and less harmful if someone hits it), slip a 6″ PVC pipe covered in reflective stickers over the top.


salty
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The big rocks are already there, they just need to be (re-)placed.

You can’t see them in the picture above although you can see some of them in the earlier pictures. On the left and right of the trail they’re “doubled up” so I’m guessing they used to be properly spread out to prevent cars from driving up there.

Maybe I can use those poles as a lever to move them back into their proper place :)


Mick
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I leave notes on cars like that mentioning that good parking is KEY to courtesy, with a helful little drawing of a key.

Sometimes works.

Note: I’ve never keyed a car.

Spitting on the driver’s side door handle is also an option.

I would never recommend that to anyone though.

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