City releases new interactive paving website
For the first time in city history, the projected plan for the entire paving season - approximately 44 miles - is available to the public via the new Department of Public Works Street Paving Program website, http://pittsburghpa.gov/dpw/street-paving-program.
The site includes an interactive map at http://goo.gl/LhJv3k that details the city’s paving plan so residents can see exactly what street segments will be paved. The city’s paving plan does undergo minor revisions throughout the summer as needs change. These revisions will be reflected on the website and map as they are made.
The program has several components: milling and paving of primary, secondary, and tertiary streets throughout the city; maintenance activities such as pothole patching and crack sealing to extend the life of city streets; the construction of handicap ramps in conjunction with paving projects; and thermoplastic line striping of crosswalks in high-traffic pedestrian areas.
The total budget allocated for the 2015 program is $12,250,000. The budget breakdown includes $12,000,000 in City Capital Budget funding and $250,000 of Allegheny Regional Asset District (ARAD) funds.
Every year, the Department of Public Works uses street condition data from the city’s Pavement Management System, citizen requests through 311, and condition reports from Public Works Street Maintenance Division staff to develop a paving program for the coming year. Preliminary paving projects are shared with local utility companies to: ensure they do not conflict with planned projects; and, identify opportunities to work together to share costs for street restoration.
The Department of Public Works coordinates closely with a paving contractor to develop a project schedule for the paving season. Work is scheduled to minimize the impact on residents and businesses. In most cases, milling and paving occurs during daylight hours. In high traffic areas such as the Central Business District and Oakland, work may be scheduled overnight.
The schedule accounts for planned events such as the Pittsburgh Marathon while also considering the substantial work local utilities conduct in city streets during the summer construction season.
The project schedule is subject to change throughout the season due to changes in the timing of utility projects, inclement weather, special events, and unforeseen emergencies.