Route 8 Heths Run Bridge Replacement Begins Tuesday in Pittsburgh

stopPittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing a temporary roadway bypassing the Heths Run Bridge on Butler Street (Route 8) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will open to traffic on Tuesday, Nov. 12, weather permitting.

Beginning at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 crews will shift traffic onto a temporary roadway through the Pittsburgh Zoo parking lot, bypassing the bridge. The temporary roadway will begin at the intersection of One Wild Place and end at Baker Street. Motorists on Butler Street will have access to One Wild Place in both directions. Motorists heading inbound will turn right at the new signal onto Baker Street and then turn left to continue on Butler Street.

Additionally, crews will be installing barriers and painting lines on the temporary roadway on Tuesday.

Heavy trucks will be detoured. Signs will be posted to guide trucks.

Heavy Truck Detour Inbound
Take the Highland Park Bridge (Route 1005) to southbound Route 28 towards Pittsburgh
Follow southbound Route 28 to northbound Route 8
Take the exit to northbound Route 8 towards Butler
At the first traffic signal, turn left onto Kittanning Street
Turn left onto Butler Street
Turn left onto Bridge Street
Follow Bridge Street to southbound Route 8 (62nd Street Bridge)
Cross the 62nd Street Bridge
Follow to Butler Street
End detour

Heavy Truck Detour Outbound
Same route in opposite direction

The work is part of the $14.9 million Route 8 Heths Run Bridge Replacement Project. The existing bridge built in 1913-14 will be replaced with a new structure. Additionally, the project includes reconstruction of 870 feet of Butler Street, improvements on One Wild Place, drainage, and sidewalk and signal upgrades.

To help keep motorists informed as work on the Heths Run Bridge continues PennDOT is creating an email distribution list for Route 8 traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to and writing “Subscribe – Route 8” in the subject line.

Motorists are advised to use caution and expect possible delays.

PGH Yard Debris Collection: Nov 9th

fallTake advantage of the Department of Public
Works’ Environmental Services Division’s fall 2013
yard debris collection day to be held on Saturday,
November 9th.
Please note the following guidelines for
debris collection:
• Bag Leaves for Collection: Residents must
bag leaves in paper bags only and place
them out at your normal refuse collection
site. Bags should NOT exceed 35 pounds.
Leaves in plastic bags will not be accepted.
Paper yard debris bags can be purchased at
Home Depot.
• Tree Branches and Bushes: Cut, bundle
and tie branches and bushes in lengths
not exceeding 5 ft. in length. Tree branch
diameter should not exceed four (4) inches.
Please note that City crews will NOT collect
dirt, rocks, stones or cement. Yard debris left
at the curb by contracted lawn care workers or
independent contractors will NOT be collected
by city crews.

Zone 5 Public Safety Council, Oct 8th with Disruptive Properties Coordinator

The Zone 5 Public Safety Council meets on the second Tuesday of most months to discuss public safety issues and updates from throughout Zone 5. Residents attend to share information, trends, and successes from their communities; supply the Zone 5 officers in attendance with tips and emerging problems from their neighborhoods; and learn from Zone 5 officers and guest speakers so that they may inform their neighbors, blockwatches, and community groups.

The details of the October Zone 5 Public Safety Council meeting are as follows:
Tuesday, October 8th
Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave
Guest Speaker: Maria Bethel, Disruptive Properties Coordinator

Maria Bethel will be speaking at the start of the meeting about the City of Pittsburgh’s Disruptive Properties Ordinance and properties in Zone 5 that have received Disruptive Properties notices.

Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings for PLANPGH‏

The Department of City Planning is hosting public meetings on ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH, the City’s first public art and urban design plans, and OPENSPACEPGH, the Open Space, Parks and Recreation Plan.

The nearby ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH meeting will be:

Wednesday, April 24th (drop in anytime from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.):
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, East Liberty Branch
130 S. Whitfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 412-363-8232
Public Transportation: Bus 71A, 71B, 71C, 74, 77, 82, 86, 87, 88, and 89

The nearby OPENSPACEPGH meeting will be:

Wednesday, May 8th from 6 pm to 8 pm
Kingsley Association
6435 Frankstown Road, Pittsburgh
Public Transportation: 74, 77, 82, 86 and 89

To find out more about the plan and see the full, city-wide meeting schedule, please visit For more information about the OPENSPACEPGH please contact Andrew Dash at 412-255-0760 or For ARTPGH, please contact Morton Brown at, or 412-255-8996. For DESIGNPGH, please contact Kate Rakus at, or 412-255-2470.