Today: Your voice needed on a Forbes Ave near CMU redesign project


What’s in store for the future of Forbes Ave? Attend the Public Meeting on Aug. 31!

After years in the making, PennDOT, Carnegie Mellon University, the City of Pittsburgh and the Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA) are ready to unveil their plans to make safety improvements on Forbes Ave, from Craig St to Margaret Morrison St. The $2.175M project will update signals, improve intersections, and add “pedestrian/cyclist safety enhancements,” according to SPC’s Transportation Improvement Program website. The bicycle improvements will include proposed bike lanes.

The current dialogue for changing the state of Forbes Ave at CMU, started way back in 2011, when CMU held a well attended public meeting that included potential bike lanes as part of their Master Plan update. Since that time, CMU and OTMA obtained a federal grant to improve the safety of Forbes Ave through the campus.

Safety on Forbes Ave came to the forefront last fall with the death of Susan Hicks, who was riding her bicycle home from the University of Pittsburgh, where she worked.

From CMU:

PennDOT officials will present the two-part project, which will include pedestrian-crossing enhancements at Forbes Ave intersections, such as countdown timers and audible signals for the visually impaired, and the repaving of Forbes between the Birmingham Bridge and Beeler Street, including new lane configurations between South Craig Street and Beeler Street.

The safety improvement projects, a collaborative effort between PennDOT, the City of Pittsburgh, the Oakland Transportation Management Association and CMU, are scheduled to take place beginning fall of 2017 through the summer of 2018.

Please attend to make sure that bicyclists’ voices are heard.

Forbes Avenue Corridor Safety Improvement Project Public Meeting (Facebook event page)

Project scope and schedule will be discussed

Date: Wednesday, August 31st
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: 5034 Forbes Avenue, Cohon University Center, Room: Rangos 3 (2nd Floor)

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