City to double number of streets paved this year over last year


Mayor Luke Ravenstahl kicked off the 2012 paving season last week by announcing the city will pave 60 miles of lane miles this year.

All six DPW divisions, representing the entire City, will begin paving work soon. Residents are being urged to connect with the city's social media outlets, including its website, Facebook and Twitter pages, in order to receive up-to-date paving schedules. People may also call the Mayor's 3-1-1 Response Line to receive paving information.

"This year's paving season will be one of the most robust of the entire decade," Mayor Ravenstahl said. "We all know that our roads are in need of investment, and this year's capital budget answers the call to pave more roads and invest in our infrastructure."

The total city street miles resurfaced this year is set to increase from about 25 lane miles accomplished in 2011 to 60 lane miles in 2012. The city has posted its 2012 Paving Plan to its website. The plan includes streets to be paved and city maps showing roads paved from 2006 to 2011. Residents can also follow DPW on Twitter using the Twitter handle "@CityPGH_DPW". The department will tweet weekly paving schedules and road closures that affect residents' commutes.

The average life of a surfaced street is 10 to 12 years. Street resurfacing is prioritized based on outlined criteria and defined for primary, secondary, and tertiary streets. Streets to be resurfaced are compiled from the following criteria: overall street condition, which is monitored in the Cartègraph Pavement Management System (PMS); high traffic volume streets; condition of surrounding streets; and time since last resurfacing.

The DPW's Asphalt Paving Division uses an electronic database for tracking, monitoring and scheduling street maintenance. This Cartegraph Pavement Management System (PMS) itemizes streets based on individual street segments defined by road surface type, from intersection to intersection.

The city posted its 2012 Paving Plan and proposed street resurfacing list. In South Pittsburgh, the list includes:

• Allen St. from McLain St. to E. Warrington Ave.

• Bausman St. From Mathews Ave. Saw Mill Run Blvd.

• Bigham Rd. from Omaha to Grandview Ave.

Bon Air Ave. From Tarragonna St. to Conniston Ave.

Brosville St. from E. Warrington Ave. to St. Martin St.

Brownsville Rd. from Bausman St. to McKinley St.

Brownsville Rd. from Copperfield to McKinley St.

Dawes St. from Luther St. to Mountain Ave.

E. Agnew Ave. from Dowling St. to Brownsville Rd.

E. Amanda Ave. from Charles St. to Arlington Ave.

E. Warrington, all.

Josephine St. from Arlington Ave. to S. 26th.

Manton Way from Amanda St. to Arlington Ave.

Oakley Way from Sumner St. to Mission St.

Olympia from Piermont to Grandview Ave.

Paul St. to Boggs Ave.

S. 18th St. from Jane St. to Mary St.

S. 18th St. from E. Carson St. to Jane St.

Science St. to Beltzhoover Ave.

W. Woodford Ave. from Plateau St. to Brownsville Rd.

The list is subject to change based on utility disruptions and other unforeseen events. Last year, the city spent about $5 million dollars and paved about 25 miles. This year's project $11.3 million budget will allow the city to pave about 60 miles. Based on environmental conditions, the street paving work season is performed between April 15 and November 20.


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