Brookline Boulevard Reconstruction Underway for Spring 2013
After years of delays, the time has come for the Brookline Boulevard Reconstruction Project! The City and PennDOT signed off on the final design, and on November 26th, 2012, construction bids were called on the project. Construction costs are expected to total around $6.6 million. Contractors are slated to break ground in the spring and finish the project by the end of the 2013 construction season! Many residents have contacted our office about the difficulty of turning left onto Brookline Boulevard from Pioneer Avenue (outbound) and the consequent traffic back-ups. New traffic patterns and signalization at the intersection will minimize that issue when construction is complete. We also worked to ensure that the reconstruction includes landscaping, wider sidewalks, and installation of new trash cans and benches.
The South Pittsburgh Development Corporation (SPDC) is working on a Brookline marketing plan. Hardworking SPDC volunteers applied for and won a $25,000 grant to pay for a consultant that will create a list of concrete actions to attract visitors and future residents to the neighborhood and business district.
Improvements to Route 51--Reconstruction at Rt. 88 + Park & Ride Planned
We have such a great resource in the Blue Line Trolley, and yet there is no parking near the stops! That's why I've taken the first steps to developing a new park & ride on Rt. 51. I fought to amend our 201 City Budget to fund a design study to identify the basic design and location of a facility, which could include possible retail and residential development. Economic Development South, our new local development corporation, has been key to this project, facilitating conversations with potential developers and partners. The study is nearly complete and we expect to identify next steps and a timeline in the coming months. Stay tuned!
The $15 million reconstruction of the intersection of Saw Mill Run Blvd and Library Road will begin in spring of 2013 and PennDOT expects to complete the project by the fall of 2014. The project will make the intersection safer in many respects, improving traffic flow and pedestrian access, as well as addressing flash flooding issues. There will be traffic open in each direction on Rt. 51 during all phases of construction, as well as local road access for adjacent residents.
Revitalizing our City Parks
South Pittsburgh is special for so many reasons, and one of my favorites is our plentitude of parks and greenspace. In Moore Park on Pioneer Avenue, in accordance with public demand, the Department of Public Works is in the midst of renovating the tennis courts with new fencing, new lighting, and a new court surface! We have also had a number of requests for additional amenities at Brookline Memorial Park, and Citiparks will be hosting a public meeting to get an understanding of how to work together to make any proposed amenities work for everyone.
In 2010, the Brookline Recreation Center underwent a $400,000 fitness room renovation, thanks to a combination of City funding and State money dedicated by State Senator Wayne Fontana. The renovation includes three rooms filled with new equipment, including weights, treadmills, and ellipticals. Some people pay good money for a gym membership, but this facility is free to all! Center Director Mickey Underwood plans a number of programs that are low cost or free for children, families, and adults. Stop by soon and ask for more program information!