The HPCC’sJune Community Meeting also is its annual business meeting. This year, board members prepared a presentation recapping HPCC accomplishments and events from the past year; introducing the officers and new board members for the upcoming year; providing an update on the new Super Playground; summarizing membership activities and achievements; and outlining our finances. In short, the HPCC is doing great, keeping neighbors informed and engaged, increasing our membership, and managing our finances well. For all the details, see the presentation here
PWSA Work Soon to Begin Near Park Entrance
At our June 16 HPCC Community Meeting, PWSA provided another update on the work it will be conducting along Bunkerhill Street and Mellon Terrace as part of its Water Reliability Plan. This work is expected to begin in July and take three years to complete, so be prepared for potential delays, detours, and construction vehicles in this part of the neighborhood for quite a while. They provided details about the length of planned closures, although not their timing. Highlights about the work are below. Check out the PWSA’s presentation for more.
Rising Main Upgrades are expected to start July 2022 and be completed by Summer 2025
Mellon Terrace, north lane, will be closed for eight weeks during construction
The other lane will be a one-way toward Negley Ave.
Detour signs will be posted
Mellon Street is expected to be closed for four weeks during construction
Traffic will be rerouted to N. Saint Clair St.
Detour signs will be posted
Intersection of Bunkerhill Street, Mellon Street, and One Wild Place
The intersection will be closed one weekend only, from Friday 8 p.m. through Sunday 5 a.m.
Detour signs will be posted
Pump Station Replacement is expected to start Dec. 2022 and be completed by Summer 2025
Intersection of Bunkerhill St. and N. Highland Ave.
The intersection will be closed for two weeks
Crews will work around the clock to get the work completed as quickly as possible
Traffic will be rerouted to N. Euclid
Detour signs will be posted
The work schedule will be Mon. – Fri., 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
No impacts to water service are expected
Bus Rapid Transit
At a special community meeting on Monday, June 20th, Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT, formerly Port Authority) provided an update on the city’s plans for the new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) development. Funding and other constraints have caused them to restrict the initial project to the Downtown-Uptown-Oakland corridors. As a result, the extension running to Highland Park is no longer part of the plan. Long-term they hope to add it, but we will not see any new BRT stops or shelters in Highland Park until additional funding is obtained and public engagement is conducted. Once the Downtown-Uptown-Oakland BRT upgrades are implemented, if you catch the 71A or 71B in the neighborhood, part of the route will be in the BRT corridors, but the BRT elements won’t extend to our neighborhood. View the PRT presentation on our website.
The March Community Meeting will be held via zoom.
In addition to updates from the HPCC and representatives from Zone 5 of the Police Department, we will be welcoming:
PWSA (again!), who’ll provide information on upcoming water main replacements in the south west corner of the neighborhood (see map by clicking here).
Longtime Highland Park resident Mike Staresinic who will discuss Ukraine. Mike is an international development leader who hails from Highland Park. Mike has worked on 7 projects over the past 23 years on topics at the core of the current conflict: Ukraine’s desire for EU integration, democracy, human rights, and for the past 5 years, his City50 project on the future of cities in the Donbas region which butts-up against the contact line with Russian forces inside Ukraine. He will give a brief first-hand update of three cities under siege, then discuss other topics of interest to the community, such as Ukraine’s connections with Pittsburgh from 1878 to the present, what a new (fifth) wave of Ukrainians immigration might look like, and how to process and understand information that comes from a confusing situation at a time known for its historic levels of disinformation. Mike will leave ample time for questions and discussion.
What: March HPCC Community Meeting
When: March 17, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register: You MUST Register in advance for this meeting by clicking this link.After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Note: You may also receive an invitation via our membership management system. Please only register once.
PWSA Begins Rehabilitation Work on Rising Main in Highland Park! The press release can be accessed here.
Work will occur Monday-Friday from approximately 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with construction beginning near the intersection of One Wild Place and Butler Street. Crews will work within the following lane closures:
The righthand lane of outgoing traffic on One Wild Place is closed until early February. Full restoration of the roadway will occur in the spring.
The righthand outbound lane on Washington Boulevard – between Allegheny Boulevard and the Highland Park Bridge exit – is closed to traffic to allow for equipment to access the worksite. This closure will be in place until April 2022.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 10, 2022Media Contact: 412-430-3898PWSA Begins Rehabilitation on Rising Main in Highland ParkWork will increase resiliency in the water distribution system
Rehabilitation of the rising mains will occur primarily in wooded areas of Highland Park, near One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA – This week, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority took Rising Main 3, a large-diameter water main in Highland Park, out of service for rehabilitation. This project, part of the Water Reliability Plan, is the first of several once-in-a-generation projects that will take place over the next several years. The rehabilitation of Rising Main 3 will improve the reliability of our water system and improve hydraulic performance to distribute water from one part of the system to another. Rising Main 3 carries water from the Bruecken Pump Station to the Highland II Reservoir. While under construction, Rising Main 4, a redundant, parallel water main, will continue to supply water to the reservoir. Rehabilitation of Rising Main 3 will continue through 2022 and Rising Main 4 will also undergo rehabilitation in 2023. We will invest nearly $12 million over the next two years on both projects. This work comes after lengthy inspection and design work that began in 2019. PWSA’s engineering team assessed the condition of Rising Main 3 and nearby Rising Main 4 using excavations and robotic exploratory tools to photograph the entire length of both pipes. Extensive inspection of the pipe in the planning phase ensures that the rehabilitation is done efficiently.
Creating a Resilient Water System
The Water Reliability Plan is a series of infrastructure upgrades that will occur over the next five years.
Much of Pittsburgh’s water infrastructure was constructed a century ago and has served us well for generations. It is now time to rebuild our large water pumping, distribution and storage systems so current and future generations of customers can enjoy secure, reliable water services. Over the next five years, we will embark upon a remarkable journey to strengthen the heart of our water system through a series of projects identified in the Water Reliability Plan. These projects will happen sequentially to improve water system resiliency and reliability for decades to come. This is a $300 million investment in Pittsburgh’s water future. “After years of planning, we are excited to see Water Reliability Plan projects enter construction,” said PWSA CEO Will Pickering. “While this project is not as visible as some of our water and sewer replacement projects, it is crucial to the future health of our water system,” he said.
Construction Impacts Work will occur Monday-Friday from approximately 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with construction beginning near the intersection of One Wild Place and Butler Street. Crews will work within the following lane closures: The righthand lane of outgoing traffic on One Wild Place is closed until early February. Full restoration of the roadway will occur in the spring. The righthand outbound lane on Washington Boulevard – between Allegheny Boulevard and the Highland Park Bridge exit – is closed to traffic to allow for equipment to access the worksite. This closure will be in place until April 2022.As work progresses, crews will move into the wooded area below Highland Park. They will coordinate with the Pittsburgh Zoo as needed. Work is anticipated to be complete in fall of 2022.
About PWSA The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is the largest combined water, sewer and stormwater authority in Pennsylvania, serving 300,000 consumers throughout the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.