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DAT team addresses key design issues

 

February 14, 2006



As part of the Mon/Fayette Expressway PA Route 51 to I-376 design process, the Glenwood to Bates Design Advisory Team (DAT) has conducted its monthly meeting.
During this meeting, DAT members discussed four major issues – the extension of Roma Way; the profile, line and grade of Hazelwood Avenue, the mainline and Rutherglen Street; the ramp coming off of Bates Street; and pedestrian movement in the Bates Street area.
At the February meeting, DAT members will be asked to make a decision on whether or not to pursue an extension of Roma Way which provides access to Glenwood Avenue. DAT members discussed the pros and cons to improvements on Dyke Street and will be prepared to make a decision on that area, also, in February.
Next, DAT members discussed the alignment of Hazelwood Avenue as it accesses the ALMONO site. Given the potential impact to a local restaurant, a re-evaluation of the intersection will be studied. The DAT is still working on a solution to determine the best configuration for access to the ALMONO site from Rutherglen Street. Based on the most recent design concept, it is understood that the mainline elevation needed to provide this access under the expressway may create a substantial visual impact. Finally, DAT members initiated discussions regarding pedestrian access near Bates Street—expressing important access and connecting points. This discussion will be continued in more detail at the next DAT meeting.
The next Glenwood to Bates Street DAT meeting, which is open to the public, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m. in the Wyndham Garden Hotel on Forbes Avenue in Oakland. The March meeting will be held on Thursday, March 16, at the same time and location. Members of the public are welcome to observe the DAT meetings, and pose comments and questions during a designated period at the end of the meeting.
For more information, visit the DAT website at www.paturnpike.com/monfaydat or call the DAT Hotline at 1-888-866-6329. Visitors are also welcome at the Project Office at 1026 Duquesne Boulevard, near Kennywood Park.

 

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