Local news stories & LTE 2016
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.
PWSA expects to have repairs complete by Sunday morning:
UPATE: 20" line. We hope to have repairs done by first thing in morning.
— PGH Water & Sewer (@pgh2o) February 27, 2016
Not sure if that includes cleanup.
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.]
PWSA is now saying Forbes won’t reopen until Wednesday at 6 PM.
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.
The Canton Ave/Audi ad makes the local papers:
Hometown pride, yinz!
Page’s Ice Cream, along 837 or across the train tracks, opens Saturday.
KQV-AM 1410 news anchor PJ Maloney, on commuting by bike:
@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.
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.
We'll be installing a new 20" main on Forbes Ave, working 24/7 til March 18.
Forbes is closed b/t Craig-Morewood pic.twitter.com/qW6g7ndwtU
— PGH Water & Sewer (@pgh2o) March 4, 2016
Check out this piece of shit. All they have is “black bicycle”? Release a better description of the bike, someone will come across it.
Black Girls Do Bike founder and Pittsburgh cyclist Monica Garrison gets interviewed in Bicycling Magazine:
This is great. A free (send SASE just like the 80s) for a tear proof, foldable gap map. Thanks j z
A few weeks old, but I don’t remember seeing this posted.
People, communities eager for Ohio River trail, recreational paths
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.
PennDOT juggernaut announces its list for upcoming traffic headaches in 2016:
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
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?
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”
– 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…
@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
PennDOT article in the PG has added more details:
There’s mention of the 10th St bridge project, too. ICYMI, that bridge is getting bike lanes
Apparently, there is supposed to be a free basic bike maintenance class @6PM at Performance. You may want to call and verify.
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.
Wanted: South Fayette residents for trails team
“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.”
Traffic signal improvements for intersection of Ross St and Second Ave:
These are pedestrian-focused changes, which is good. Also, note related road closure
From a few days ago, update on proposed ordinance in Ross to require new commercial and residential developments to construct sidewalks:
Also, update on traffic study for Greensburg to develop bike infrastructure to connect to Five Star trail:
Southbound lanes on Birmingham Bridge to close until November. There will be a protected bi-directional bike way on the upstream side:
The description of the bike/ped detour when coming from the South Side is… confusing.
Armstrong Tunnels closed Saturday:
The Armstrong Tunnels will be closed in both directions on 3/19 beginning at 6AM for maintenance. Work should be complete by 6PM that day.
— Allegheny County (@Allegheny_Co) March 15, 2016
By the way, I got the County to confirm, the sidewalk in Armstrong Tunnel will remain open through Saturday’s work.
@infinitebuffalo The sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians.
— Allegheny County (@Allegheny_Co) March 15, 2016
(OTOH, as @bus15237 points out, it could use some maintenance itself… )
…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:
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
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,,
New garage to be built on North Side
…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.
$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.
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_.
Simple and conservative calculation: 400 spaces * 300 days/year * $20/day /space * 7 years = $16.8M
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.
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