Local News Stories and LTE 2019.
Allegheny county starts adopt a road program. Doesn’t include county bridges because they’re well maintained… :)
I added this comment on the road cleanup story
Speaking from experience, only the first pass at cleanup on a newly adopted road takes any real effort. The first time through, you will have years of accumulation of trash, car parts and other debris. After that, though, picking up only six to 12 months of litter goes much faster.
As the URL says. Though not much info in the article.
Ohiopyle business owners angry about way construction being done.
OHIOPYLE — Restaurant owner Pam Kruse’s instructions to PennDOT and its contractor concerning the ongoing construction project in this compact Fayette County town were direct and to the point:
“Get it done, clean up after yourselves and get out,” said the owner of the year-round Falls Market and Restaurant. “We have company coming.”
Lots of company.
The small town (52 acres, population 59) and the 20,000-acre state park that surrounds it welcome upwards of 1.5 million visitors a year.
And that company arrives as early as mid-March and continues through late October. Memorial Day through Labor Day are the busiest days.
Barring any more “unforeseen and unanticipated” delays, PennDOT project manager Bill Beaumariage said, the first phase of the $12.4 million project “to improve safety and traffic flow” will be completed – and all the related equipment and supplies will be out of the way — by May 23 in time for the Memorial Day weekend.
The work includes a pedestrian tunnel beneath Route 381; the rehabilitation, including 10-foot wide sidewalks, of the two-lane concrete bridge that carries traffic over the Youghiogheny River; the relocation of Sugarloaf Road; moving bike lanes; and new clothes-changing facilities.
One immediate issue is where construction equipment will be stored during tourist season. The business owners want it put in one location so it doesn’t take up too much of the town’s limited parking spaces. It’s now occupying portions of the upper Ferncliff Peninsula parking lot and the parking lot near the old Western Maryland Railway station used by vehicles toting bike racks and roof racks for kayaks and canoes.
As the sounds of bulldozers and backhoes growled in the background on a sunny, 65 degree afternoon Thursday, Mr. Beaumariage assured Ms. Kruse and other business owners gathered on dusty, one-block-long Negley Street that he’s well aware of their concerns.
“I swear to God, I don’t want to hurt your businesses.”
“Well, you already have,” said Jim Greenbaum, manager of White Water Adventurers, which is located on Negley Street. “I had to cancel a raft trip today because the street is closed.”
The company uses the street so its trucks, large vans and trailers can transport customers, rafts, canoes, inflatable kayaks and related whitewater equipment to and from its main garage that fronts on Negley.
“We never intended for this street to be closed,” Mr. Beaumariage said. “Unfortunately, the contractor didn’t know that, and that’s on me.”
That didn’t sit well with Joel Means, owner and operator of Ohiopyle Trading Post and River Tours. His business also fronts on Negley and is used by his vehicles, including buses, to transport customers.
He said construction projects during the past five years have cost him more than $200,000 in lost business. They included a Green Street Project on Sherman Street, a PennDOT bike lane and cross walks project along Route 381, the main road through town, and the new Visitors Center.
“I lost $60,000 alone on that Route 381 project,” Mr. Means said. “It was supposed to be done by Memorial Day of that year but it wasn’t completed until June 30 — a very costly delay.”
Mr. Means would like to have PennDOT and its contractor, Plum Contracting Inc. of Greensburg, finish what is formally known as the Ohiopyle Multimodal Gateway Project this year. But Mr. Beaumariage said that wasn’t possible because it’s a two-phase, two-year job.
“I don’t want this project to continue into a third year,” Mr. Means said, a sentiment echoed by other business owners who accompanied Mr. Beaumariage on a walking tour of the town.
If the rafting companies lose money, so does the state. The companies pay the state $4.10 for each of their rafting customers. A park employee counts them as they carry the rafts down to the Youghiogheny River.
The day began for the business owners with a meeting and then a walking tour with state Rep. Matthew Dowling, R-Uniontown.
“It’s clear that parking is a big issue,” Mr. Dowling said. “I will contact PennDOT about that. I also want an updated copy of their Phase One and Phase Two plans for myself and the business owners.”
Pittsburgh cycling startup LaneSpotter is no more:
I guess there’s a contest on:
Parking Madness 2019 Round 1: Portland vs. Pittsburgh
Project to rebuild part of Bigelow Boulevard on Pitt campus could begin this fall:
So, they are not closing off Bigelow to car traffic between Forbes and Fifth. Bummer.
the story mentioned that the crosswalk would be moved closer to forbes. However, in the sketch in the article it looks in the same place?
Hard to believe this is not April Fools but it certainly sounds serious.
The occasional illegal trips through the Squirrel Hill tunnel are about to become official.
Oh wait, I’m wrong. It is April Fools. “I hope drivers will remain in good spirits about this change that we believe will have a positive impact on these neighborhoods, hopefully, any frustration will be eliminated as drivers realize this is a plan that was unveiled for April 1.”
That last one got enough attention that my manager asked me, “Is this for real?”
I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that a story like that gets used as an AFD teaser.
City to look at redesigning intersection at Frankstown, Lincoln, Enterprise, Lowell.
Post gazette article features racist reader comments underneath, plus a few anti bike comments. Because, you know, #MAGA.
New Pitt crosswalk/light all done. News story about it uses a dumb title.
Info on the capsized boat visible from NST
One killed by train on ss near e Carson/Arlington
There’s an artice in the Fox Chapel Herald that I cannot find online that says that etna will break ground on the riverfront park June 3rd.
The article also seems to say that the trail is not currently scheduled to go through the riverfront 47 property in Aspinwall. It seems that there is some sort of issue with part of the parcel needing to be unlinked from riverfront 47 and being developed on its own. The article didn’t have a lot of details and I’m also sad to see that aspenwall riverfront Park received a million dollars from the colcom foundation which is the foundation that supports Neo-Nazis And was the foundation that like Pittsburgh unlinked themselves from last year.
@eric: there is a plan to try to purchase 15 acres from R47 developer upon which the trail could be built. The idea is that un-linking the trail from the commercial development would speed-up the trail development process. If the building of the trail were left to the developer, it would be the last item on their agenda, and likely 25-years away.
I saw that article as well, and unfortunately (but not surprisingly), it is poorly written and mangles the intent. The trail (when built) would of course continue through R47 to Aspinwall. The proposal discussed makes the point that *without* separating the trail element from the commercial element, the trail would not happen for a long, long time.
Below is the link to the story.
I would just hope that they don’t build the trail, people use it for a few years and then they close it down while they bulldoze the whole site for years.
See Strip District Trail / Buncher Co.
See Hazelwood Trail / Almono / Hazelwood Green
@benzo: I agree/disagree… If the alternative is that the trail is only built after all else, then I absolutely want the trail built and physically (and legally) established. Even if it needs to be closed due to construction, it would still exist as a legal entity, the rights to which could be asserted. In other words the Trail would be a “thing”. Obviously in a perfect world, “buy the land, build the trail, keep the trail open” would be ideal. But for the world we live in, I much prefer “buy the land, establish the property and use legally, build the trail, and go from there”, over “developer promises to maybe build trail at some point 30 years in the future (unless they can find a more profitable use of the land?)…”
Bike vs. car or car vs. bike
Didn’t want to start a new thread.
Just finished an excellent new book-
Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery by Christie Aschwanden
Athlete and science writer looked at the data re recovery from exercise. Truth is recovery done right (evidence based) is cheap- eat, drink, and rest.
No data for most of recovery stuff out there- massage, foam rollers, saunas/heat, sports drinks, compression tights/boots etc etc.
Bad data for icing and nsaids- makes recovery longer. “Undoes” gains during exercise because inflammation after exercise is normal- little tears in muscle and your body rebuilds and reinforces making muscles stronger.
Very interesting book. Quick read.
Heads up for anyone riding downtown. A few weeks back the county/state moved the turn signal on lights to the end of the light cycle.
It was my fault, but this almost got me hit because I was watching the cross light turn to red and started to go not realizing the opposite light has a turn arrow and stayed green.
Not sure if this was every light, but it is at least the 3-4 on Grant and Blvd of Allies that I go through daily.
Sorry if this has already been posted – Pittsburgh is in the final four for the streetsblog parking lot conversion showdown for the Schenley Plaza redesign – https://usa.streetsblog.org/2019/04/11/parking-madness-2019-final-four-pittsburgh-vs-minneapolis/
Per article in PG and discussion on Reddit the food truck park in Millvale is done/closed. Evidently owners not responding to anyone including the Borough of Millvale. So don’t ride out there expecting food. :)
new fountain in allegheny commons park!
Where exactly is this? the park has several sections . I’m guessing this is the part right by Cedar/E North Avenue since I’m 99% sure that’s AGH in the background?
Directly across from AGH. Feet away from E. North and Cedar, southwest corner. Lit up at night. It’s quite a fountain.
BBC podcast “50 Things that Made the Modern Economy.”
Bad cut and paste job for those without access
From left, Theresa Ward, Linda Warman and Ziggy Edwards joined a group of about a dozen gathered at the City-County Building, Downtown, on Monday, April 22, 2019, to protest the city’s plan to install a path for an electric shuttle bus from Hazelwood to Oakland 3 MORE
City officials, residents disagree on transportation service from Hazelwood to Oakland
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APR 22, 2019 7:54 PM
Pittsburgh officials and residents of the flood-prone Junction Hollow area of Greenfield have completely different views on a proposed transportation project between Hazelwood and Oakland.
The city says it has had “extensive public engagement” on the proposed Mon-Oakland Mobility Plan, an on-call electric vehicle it says will link residents of Hazelwood and workers at the growing Hazelwood Green complex with Oakland via a private bicycle-shuttle road through Schenley Park and the Four Mile Run watershed.
But residents and activists organized by Pittsburghers for Public Transit, at a rally Monday in the portico of the City-County Building, said the city welcomed their input then proceeded to ignore nearly all of it. They say the shuttle service is unnecessary, would turn neighborhood streets in the area known as “The Run” into parking lots for shuttle riders, and doesn’t address needs such as sidewalks and public bus service.
“The route and service plan for the proposed shuttle, which could use self-driving vehicles, were carefully crafted to address all articulated concerns and minimize impact on the Four Mile Run neighborhood,” Karina Ricks, director of the city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, said in a statement.
“In fact, the route does not run on any public streets within The Run and has limited, if any, service access to that neighborhood per local resident request.”
The city project first drew fire about 3½ years ago, when residents found out the city was pursuing the transportation project but not dealing with decade-old complaints about flooding in the neighborhood. So the city first encouraged the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and then Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to address the flooding concerns.
As a result, the authority is finalizing plans for a $41 million project for the watershed and hopes to begin construction in about a year, spokesman Will Pickering said in an email Monday. The project, which would include dredging Panther Hollow Lake to more than triple its capacity to 3.6 million gallons of water, is designed to mitigate flooding in the Junction Hollow area, particularly Boundary and Saline streets, and sewer overflows into the Monongahela River.
In addition to runoff mitigation, the project would regrade the valley around Junction Hollow and include new, 20-foot-wide trails for bicycles and the proposed low-speed shuttle. There also will be 10-foot-wide trails for pedestrians.
The city hopes to install the trail for electric vehicles during the flood mitigation project so the area would only have to be disrupted for construction once.
“We recognize that our project is in close proximity to the mobility project, and are in regular communication with the city and other stakeholders to ensure that the projects are not in conflict and that construction is coordinated where possible to maximize cost effectiveness and minimize disruption for city residents,” Mr. Pickering said. “Our top priority is to deliver an effective stormwater project.”
While residents say they are happy with the flood mitigation work, they still want no part of the shuttle, which they say is designed to serve the Hazelwood Green development, not long-time residents. About a dozen protesters carried signs with slogans such as, “I was here first — develop for me,” and “Schenley Park is not a corporate playground.”
Ziggy Edwards, a Junction Hollow resident for three years, called the city response to public comments “really funny” saying the city has shown a “blatant disregard” for residents’ concerns. She said she’s concerned that there isn’t enough room for the asphalt shuttle trail and other park amenities, and that the trail would counteract the flood control measures.
“This is about not having our concerns addressed,” she said. “This wasn’t planned for us. This is a park. It’s not for vehicles.”
Councilman Corey O’Connor, whose district includes the flood-prone area, said in an interview Monday that stopping runoff must be the first step. He had been critical of the plans for the transportation system before the runoff project was announced, but he said Monday that there weren’t enough details available yet to decide whether he to support it now.
“I don’t think there are enough answers yet,” Mr. O’Connor said. “Who operates the system, who rides it, are still to be answered.”
Port Authority said Monday it has had no discussion with the city about running the shuttle service.
Ed Blazina: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1470 or on Twitter @EdBlazina.
in other news, I wrote the author of this Trib story that the use of the terms “cyclists” is misleading since this is about motorcycles, but didn’t get a response back. This is what happens when a “news” outlet has seemingly no copy editors anymore. Misleading headlines, lots of typos (or just plain mistakes), etc.
Team 26 Sets Course For New Destination: Pittsburgh
Every year since 2013, Sandy Hook resident and gun violence prevention advocate Monte Frank and his Team 26 cycling colleagues have traveled between Newtown and Washington, D.C., to remember those lost to gun violence here in Newtown on 12/14 as well as to unite fellow Americans and elected leaders at state and federal levels around their mission…
Team 26 will depart Newtown for Pittsburgh on its 2019 ride of peace, hope, and love on Friday, April 26. Mr Frank said this year’s ride will also incorporate several configurations of riders that will number between 20 and 30.
somewhat off topic but Ill make it on topic–
Bike to work downtown tomorrow, come home with a new tree for Arbor day–
Tree Pittsburgh giving away 1,000 saplings in Market Square 11a-2p (or until trees are gone). Do good by the earth and help replace Allegheny County tree cover.
Newcomer Transit Guide: Tips for getting around Pittsburgh on public transit, bicycle, car, or foot
more info on the Millcraft lagoon development near the casino. They’re going to use that whole triangle parcel plus the riverfront with a marina. Hopefully they’ll leave the trail during construction and also make it so that the trail is protected for users instead of having it be an area where people at the development gather (i.e., block it by hanging out on it).
peds hit in penn hills and dragged 1/2 mile–
Sounds like it won’t block access from glass run rd to the GAP trail nor would it affect access to the GAP from the staircase from the glenwood bridge sidewalk to the GAP.
car vs. peds hit and run driver arrested
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