Encouraging Almono to think big on active transport
Z, with the opening of the new Blair Street, and the trail under Hot Metal, you can bike downtown from the meeting in about 20-25 minutes.
* L Gertrude St, L Flowers, R Chatsworth, L Hazelwood, cross Irvine/Second, R Blair Blvd.
* At R bend, peel L onto trail, pass under Hot Metal Bridge.
* At some point, make a couple R turns to aim back to the Hot Metal Bridge. Take ramp to bridge as if you were headed to SSide, but hang a tight left to cross the HMB on the sidewalk. Another L points you downtown.
* Exit trail at Grant st, continuing downtown on Grant.
* L onto Seventh Ave, L on Liberty. Your choice of the 1 on one side of Liberty, 91 on the other.
Public meeting about transportation in the Hazelwood area this evening:
“The next public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday May 8th, from 6 to 8 pm at the Spartan Community Center of Hazelwood (134 East Elizabeth Street). The meeting is an open house, you are welcome to join us anytime from 6 to 8 pm.”
Topics of discussion: connecting Hazelwood trail to Duck Hollow trail, The Chute, proposed shuttle between Oakland and Hazelwood.
I attended, sat in the front, listened intently, and asked a couple questions, as did many others. Sounds like the railroad is a major roadblock (literally) to getting anything progressive done. Meanwhile, the speakers there made it clear that they were interested in public input, and pointed to the dozen presentations on tripods as echoing what had been gathered from previous rounds of public input. Everything presented will be up on a website soon.
I was also there, spent time talking to project staff rather than in the presentation and Q/A. I’m generally pleased with the extent to which they incorporated the extensive comments that several of us sent them over the past couple of months. Those comments are at https://furnace2furnace.org
When they get the displays posted, please look at them and respond. They had a questionnaire at the meeting tonight and said they would be converting it to surveymonkey so other folks could comment too.
If you want to see the Duck Hollow Trail connected to Hazelwood, rather than remain a dead-end trail,
or if you want a decent, bikeable connection in Hays between the GAP and the Glenwood Bridge, to replace the lousy stairs,
or if you want “the chute” at Second Ave & Greenfield Ave fixed,
please send your comments to SPC by May 24 via the survey at https://spcsecondavenue.com/may-public-meeting/
Just answer the questions you care about.
SPC has great influence with the city of Pittsburgh, with PennDOT, and with other powerful entities, so sending comments to them is a smart judo move.
below is one of the posters from the May 8 public meeting — some of the ideas SPC is considering.
FYI there will be a public meeting Thursday on “improvements” to SR 885/Second Ave between the 10th St and Glenwood Bridges:
“SPC Second Avenue Project <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Good afternoon – You are receiving this message because you have participated or expressed interest in the State Route 885/Second Avenue Multimodal Corridor Study.
We are writing to remind you that the final public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, July 25th from 6 to 8 pm at the International Union of Operating Engineers‐Local 95 located at 300 Saline Street, Pittsburgh, 15207. There will be a presentation starting at 6:30, in addition to staff and display boards available anytime from 6 to 8 pm.
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) invites you to attend the final public meeting focused on transportation needs and solutions along the State Route 885/Second Avenue corridor between the 10th Street Bridge and the interchange with State Route 837 just south of the Glenwood Bridge. This corridor study has incorporated over 500 public comments and survey responses and has analyzed current and future transportation and land use conditions to provide a series of recommended multimodal strategies for this growing area. At this meeting, we will be seeking your input on our draft findings prior to finalizing this study.
Getting to the meeting:
By transit: Bus routes 56, 57, or 58 stop under the bridge at the corner of Greenfield Ave/Irvine St/Second Ave/Saline St, Walk up Saline St (about 5 min.)
By bike: Eliza Furnace Trail to Saline Street
By car: limited parking is available on-street
A flyer with this information is attached, please feel free to post or share with anyone you think might be interested. More information about the study can be found on our website: https://spcsecondavenue.com/.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
The Second Avenue Multimodal Corridor Team”
This is all exciting stuff. But it’s not funded..
Email for comments: email@example.com
wow! a direct connection if it’s funded!
The hourglass road thing looks weird.
But no traffic lights!
There were lots of roundabouts and semi-roundabouts all through their plans. They were the guys who put the roundabout in Rochester.
Roundabouts are a great (and, sadly, greatly underutilized) traffic directing device.
The intersection of Rt. 28 and 31st Street Bridge/Rialto would’ve benefited greatly from a large roundabout at the bridge level (with four through lanes of Rt 28 underneath), in my opinion. Instead, there is a four-minute traffic light.
Another spot where a roundabout would make all the difference is the intersection of Irishtown Rd and Logan Rd in Bethel Park, right at the end of the Bethel Park branch of Montour trail.
I’m originally from the east side of cleveland, the land of very large roundabouts. I’m just having a hard time imaging where the roundabouts will be at the greenfield ave/2nd avenue/chute/etc intersection given it’s very narrow there and there are large walls and an overpass for the (old) railroad.
The roundabout is squeezed down to fit through there. The round parts are on either side. I guess they’ll need land from the garage at Greenfield and Saline and probably have to move the water tank at Greenfield and Irvine.
Materials from the July 25 meeting have been posted!
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