The whole point of not including the 500 block of Penn in the original opening of the bike lane was because they had to tear up the street to rebuild a broken storm sewer. Which they did, I thought. So what’s this new thing they could not have foreseen, or which has already broken, in under two years?
@stu, it’s not water/sewage. I think it’s fiber/cable. Who knows why they didn’t do it last year. Butler St suffered the same fate recently, after last year’s repaving.
That being said, there’s some utility work being done in Stanwix and Liberty, in sections that are not in good shape to begin with. At least for Stanwix, this could be a prelude to future repavement and subsequent installation of the GAP to Point bike lanes
nope, not floods. Utility work starts on Cecil Pl (that alley that connects Penn and Fort Duquesne Blvd. This alley has been milled, btw) and then goes east on Penn towards the middle of the road, where you don’t usually find any storm drains/sewers. This is all being done with relatively small equipment, so guess is phone/cable infrastructure.
Also, the rightmost outbound lane on Liberty, between Fifth Ave and 6th/Market St has also been cut but not dug up yet. This area badly needs a full repaving…
There Is a metal road plate on commercial/forward Ave going down hill between summerset neighborhood and the Irish center. Since it’s down hill, you’ll feel the need to brake when you approach it. It’s unavoidable. Just be aware of it.
The thing that bugs me the most about all the tents on the Penn Ave cycle track is that I doubt that the PGH Symphony (or whoever is organizing this) would have gotten a permit to block that traffic lane if Penn was still a two-way street…