Improvements to Rt. 51- Reconstruction + Park & Ride Planned
Park & Ride-We have such a great resource in the Blue Line trolley and the busway, and yet there is no parking near the stops! That's why I've taken the first steps to developing a new park & ride along Rt. 51. I fought to amend our 2012 City Budget to fund an engineering study to identify possible locations of a facility, which could include possible retail and residential development. Economic Development South is 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!
Reconstruction at Rt. 51 and Rt. 88-It's finally happening! The $15 million reconstruction of the intersection of Saw Mill Run Blvd and Library Road began in 2013 and PennDOT expects to complete the project by November of 2015. 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. Subscribe to our newsletter for ongoing updates.
Revitalizing our City Parks
South Pittsburgh is special for so many reasons, and one of my favorites is our plentitude of parks and greenspace. Carrick's Phillips Park Community Center underwent a large-scale renovation this year, including a new basketball court floor, a new fitness center with upgraded equipment and the installation of air conditioning! City foresters are also removing sick trees in the park and replacing them with new ones. A collaboration with a landscape architecture student from the Penn State Center has resulted in a brand new design for the entrance to Phillips Park. We have received a commitment from Public Works to move forward with these landscape renovations in 2013. Our Phillips Park staff is amazing, and these gym facilities are FREE to the public--call 412-885-7445 for hours and programs.
Over the past year, I've also set aside city funding for the renovation of the newly renamed Accamando Center of Overbrook (the former Rt. 51 firehouse), which acts as the local hub for the Pittsburgh Boxing Club, South Pittsburgh community councils and the Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society. We've also worked with local foundations to fund a community garden next to the center called "Firehouse Farms."