Safe Routes project about to start on Carson St.


April 26, 2011

East Carson Street will be a little safer this summer for children walking between Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – South Side.

In the beginning of May the sidewalk intersections from 20th to 22nd streets, including all four corners, will undergo renovations including new ADA ramps and street markings at the crosswalks along with some reorientation of poles and utilities according to Aaron Sukenik, manager of business development for the South Side Local Development Company. There will also be retiming of the lights at the intersections.

As part of the "Safe Routes to School" program, the SSLDC was awarded a Federal grant of $373,000 for the work. In addition, Heinz Endowments added another $75,000 for engineering work. SSLDC staff time brings the total project to around $500,000.

Although the project only went to bid late last year, the grant was awarded in 2006 and was based on a portion of the 2003 East Carson Street streetscape plan. Mr. Sukenik said the delay resulted from the time it took to coordinate the project with the city and PennDOT.

Traffic disruption on Carson Street should be minimal with most of the work slated for the sidewalk intersections. The contractor on the project is only to work between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. so there will be no disruption of rush hour traffic or the night time economy.

Mr. Sukenik said the end result of the project, in addition to making the intersections ADA compliant, will give the several blocks a look similar to Carson street in the 25th to 27th streets. Estimates for how long the total project will take weren't available.

For more information, contact Mr. Sukenik at 412-481-0651 ext. 16.


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