Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced his Underpass Repair Plan, in keeping with his Neighborhoods First initiative. The Mayor has directed the City to work with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to finalize the design package for the Anderson Street underpass on the North Side. Pending approval from the Federal Government and PennDOT, the project will be approved for bidding by the end of the year, with work to commence in Spring '09.
"For years, the Anderson and Sandusky underpasses have been in a state of disrepair," said Mayor Ravenstahl. "Since my time on Council, I have heard loud and clear from North Side residents that this is a priority for their neighborhoods. These are the gateways into their community. I am proud to announce that with this Underpass Repair Plan we will finally get the ball rolling."
The project includes enhancement of two railroad underpasses - Anderson and Sandusky on the North Side. Work would include repairs to underpass abutments and concrete fascias, installation of new sidewalks, curbs, roadway lighting, structure-mounted pedestrian sidewalk canopies, limited structural steel painting, landscaping and wall demolition and backfill.
The plan is to start with the Anderson underpass, with hopes to address the Sandusky underpass in the near future. The total cost for the Anderson underpass repair is approximately $1.80 million - $1.58 million in construction costs and $220,000 in design costs.
"Anderson Street is the most deteriorated underpass and the first priority of the neighborhoods," said Mark Fatla, executive director, Northside Leadership Conference. "Sandusky Street will take more work to raise more funds, but we are confident in the Mayor's commitment and confident in the neighborhoods' plan."
"Infrastructure projects like these are difficult and costly. The Mayor and the City have stepped up to work with North Side neighborhood organizations to make this a reality. This is what happens when government works together with neighborhoods!"
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687