Pittsburgh has received $1.76 million from the state to establish a pedestrian and bicycle path linking the city’s Hazelwood and Greenfield neighborhoods with the job centers in Oakland and elsewhere.
Announced Thursday, the project is one of 56 highway, bridge, transit, bike and pedestrian projects in 28 counties that will receive $47.8 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.
In Pittsburgh, funding will allow the city to reopen a portion of Sylvan Avenue in Hazelwood to pedestrian and bicycle traffic as a trail running parallel to Irvine Street. The Sylvan Avenue Trail will be a paved, shared-use path leading to Greenfield Avenue near the Eliza Furnace Trail, providing access to South Side and Downtown, and to the Junction Hollow Trail, providing access to Oakland.
A PennDOT spokesperson was not immediately able to specify how many miles of trail this project will encompass.
The application indicated that construction could start in early 2023 and would take about 18 months to complete, citing “existing geotechnical challenges along the corridor” that require “walls and other mitigation techniques.”
The project is the only one from Allegheny County in this round of Multimodal Transportation Fund funding.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation selected projects based on safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability.
“Transportation is critical to connecting communities and economies, and we are an important partner in bringing progress across the state,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “These investments will improve overall mobility and safety while bolstering commercial projects.”