Local news stories & LTE 2016

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buffalo buffalo
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A break in a 20″ water main in a CMU construction site has closed Forbes Ave between Morewood and Craig and Neville under the Forbes Bridge.

http://www.portauthority.org/paac/apps/DetoursDNN/pgDetours.asp?mode=1&MemoID=10538

(Via https://redd.it/47vdav)

PWSA expects to have repairs complete by Sunday morning:

Not sure if that includes cleanup.


Ahlir
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Is that a drone pic? If so, cool.

We live in SqHill and the water was out for most of the morning, then back at low pressure. No shower, sniff.

Well, there’s always Jonquaire…
[Yes, I know. I never get the spelling right.]


Steven
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PWSA is now saying Forbes won’t reopen until Wednesday at 6 PM.


byogman
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Was able to get through on the bike train up Neville and using some sidewalk on Forbes. Walked the bridge because of high pedestrian traffic in a narrow space, but otherwise all ride-able straight through. On a single bike eastbound you really could get by without much of the sidewalk as the closed bit of road is wet only westbound.

Was a stinking gorgeous day for a ride.


buffalo buffalo
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Neville is open under Forbes, but apparently there’s still a bunch of debris. Sweeper requested via 311.


jonawebb
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chrishent
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Vannevar
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Page’s Ice Cream, along 837 or across the train tracks, opens Saturday.


chrishent
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KQV-AM 1410 news anchor PJ Maloney, on commuting by bike:

http://blog.triblive.com/icycle/2016/03/04/pj-maloney/


Mick
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@Vannevar Page’s Ice Cream, along 837 or across the train tracks, opens Saturday.

That will be a necessary stop after the Fish ride on Good Friday.


buffalo buffalo
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PWSA announces Forbes Ave will be closed another two more weeks. They’ve apparently given up trying to patch the existing main and will instead install a new one.


J Z
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chrishent
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Black Girls Do Bike founder and Pittsburgh cyclist Monica Garrison gets interviewed in Bicycling Magazine:

http://www.bicycling.com/culture/people/an-interview-with-monica-garrison-of-black-girls-do-bike?cid=soc_BICYCLING%20magazine%20-%20bicyclingmag_FBPAGE_Bicycling__


J Z
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Free GAP map


edronline
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This is great. A free (send SASE just like the 80s) for a tear proof, foldable gap map. Thanks j z


Marko82
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A few weeks old, but I don’t remember seeing this posted.

People, communities eager for Ohio River trail, recreational paths
http://www.timesonline.com/progress/2016/people-communities-eager-for-ohio-river-trail-recreational-paths/article_3922c0e2-cb8f-11e5-b843-4f3115729afa.html

Moon police Chief Leo McCarthy has cycled repeatedly from his home in the township to Presque Isle near Erie. He even has gone to Chicago by bicycle, and he said the most dangerous part of that trip was northbound on Route 51 between South Heights and Monaca.


chrishent
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PennDOT juggernaut announces its list for upcoming traffic headaches in 2016:

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2016/03/09/Liberty-Bridge-top-priority-on-regional-list-of-PennDOT-road-and-bridge-projects/stories/201603090175

For the most part, these have no effect no direct effect on moving around by bike. Still, expect the Liberty Bridge job contractor to put a sign that unnecessarily blocks that bridge’s sidewalk, as is tradition. Also, they will be doing some work at the intersection of West Liberty and PA51


chrishent
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Moar projects, though I think some of these aren’t PennDOT’s:


StuInMcCandless
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The ones in orange involve serveral state routes.

The blue one to monitor McKnight Rd sounds interesting. Where do we find out more about these?


buffalo buffalo
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Interesting to note the two projects at the bottom of Melissa Daniels’s photo:

– “Smithfield Bridge Ped Ramp-Wharf”
– “TRH [Three Rivers Heritage] Trail Connector”

Also:
– continuation of the Bigelow/Baum project I *think* is only supposed to involve work on the Baum Bv bridge over the busway ramp; pretty sure they did the rest last year
– Birmingham Bridge work continues–I think they’re doing the other side this year? Too bad they couldn’t figure out how to get a sidewalk that continued at grade instead of having a staircase at the end….
– there’s a bridge project listed as ‘I-376 EB [over] Brady St, Trail’ … that part of EFT just can’t catch a break, i guess…


chrishent
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@buffalo I noticed those two projects, too. While I’m fairly certain PennDOT isn’t responsible for them, they’ll likely require coordination with PennDOT to carry them out. This also gives hope that those two projects will at least be started this year


chrishent
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PennDOT article in the PG has added more details:

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2016/03/09/Liberty-Bridge-top-priority-on-regional-list-of-PennDOT-road-and-bridge-projects/stories/201603090175

There’s mention of the 10th St bridge project, too. ICYMI, that bridge is getting bike lanes


J Z
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Apparently, there is supposed to be a free basic bike maintenance class @6PM at Performance. You may want to call and verify.


buffalo buffalo
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Supposedly there’s an alleycat next Saturday (3/19) organized by WPTS, Pitt’s campus radio station. I found a whole bunch of flyers on campus the other day: https://imgur.com/9sCNyzv

Flyer claims more info is available from wptsradio.org, but if so I can’t find it.


Marko82
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Wanted: South Fayette residents for trails team
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2016/03/11/Wanted-South-Fayette-residents-for-trails-team/stories/201603040045

“We are looking for people who are passionate about walking and biking to join the committee,” said Andrea Iglar, community development director for the township. “We want to begin the process to make the township friendlier to alternative modes of transportation.”


chrishent
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Traffic signal improvements for intersection of Ross St and Second Ave:

http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5806

These are pedestrian-focused changes, which is good. Also, note related road closure


chrishent
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From a few days ago, update on proposed ordinance in Ross to require new commercial and residential developments to construct sidewalks:

http://triblive.com/news/neighborhoods/northhills/10079522-74/sidewalks-sidewalk-township

Also, update on traffic study for Greensburg to develop bike infrastructure to connect to Five Star trail:

http://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/10123174-74/greensburg-trail-star


chrishent
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Southbound lanes on Birmingham Bridge to close until November. There will be a protected bi-directional bike way on the upstream side:

http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/sb-lanes-birmingham-bridge-close-monday/nqkHC/

The description of the bike/ped detour when coming from the South Side is… confusing.


buffalo buffalo
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Armstrong Tunnels closed Saturday:


buffalo buffalo
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By the way, I got the County to confirm, the sidewalk in Armstrong Tunnel will remain open through Saturday’s work.

(OTOH, as @bus15237 points out, it could use some maintenance itself… )


buffalo buffalo
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…and, after a little investigation, it’s been determined that the City is responsible for keeping the sidewalks clean, and they’ll get right on that as soon as the County’s work is done:


Marko82
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I almost got nailed by a drunk driver at this exact location a little over a year ago and have altered my route home ever since then.

two vehicles crashed and flipped onto their roofs on Pittsburgh’s South Side, police said.
The accident happened along East Carson Street around 8:45 p.m

http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/man-taken-hospital-after-2-vehicles-crash-flip-roo/nqnYr/


bicycle heaven
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The worlds largest Bike Shop Museum Pittsburgh P.A people from all over the world to visit Pittsburgh Bike Shop as seen in the New York Times,,,,I hope you stop by on our June bike show swap meet,,
http://read.dmtmag.com/i/649539-march-15/14


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Marko82
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New garage to be built on North Side
http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2016/03/22/new-garage-to-be-built-on-north-side.html

…presented a plan for a rectangular structure of five floors stretching along the LTR line on the North Shore, with features inlcuding solar panels, bioswales as well as a bike line into the garage and bike parking.
The garage is expected to add a net total of 608 spaces when the established surface spaces are subtracted from the total.


StuInMcCandless
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$16.9M construction cost divided by net 608 spaces added = $27,796 per added parking space.

This will, however, reduce pressure for parking downtown, and provide (I hope) added impetus to keep North Shore T rides free.

I don’t know what to make of the planned bicycle facilities, and of course, nobody ever thinks of motorcycles.


buffalo buffalo
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I recall someone did the math on the proposed new garage at Bakery Square last year–does anybody remember where that is?

$28K doesn’t sound unusual, tbh. Parking garages are _expensive_.


The Iguana
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Simple and conservative calculation: 400 spaces * 300 days/year * $20/day /space * 7 years = $16.8M


Mick
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When the PA state legislature would allow the City of Pittsburgh to increase parking rates ONLY if the parking was privatized, we were robbed.

To me, it seems more suburbanites want to sue the city and pay less to the city government.


mjacobPGH
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The tax on parking is like 37.5%. That’s a decent amount of revenue.

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