Hill District residents say Lombard Street has been neglected
December 7, 2016 12:17 AM
Joanne Dunn said she and other Lombard Street residents believe Nigh Way has been neglected by the city, while an adjacent area along Bentley Drive is being landscaped and getting new sidewalks and streets.
By Kate Giammarise / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Several residents on Lombard Street say a small street that runs beside and behind their homes, Nigh Way, is crumbling and full of potholes, while an adjacent area is being landscaped and getting new sidewalks and streets.
They say they have complained about this issue to the city to no avail.
“We’re concerned about the infestation of blight by letting this area continue to deteriorate. Even if this new community had not been built, we deserve a basic, decent street, as a taxpayer,” said resident Geneva Jackson.
“Now, they are having a new community put right alongside of us,” she said, referring to Bentley Drive. “But it doesn’t make sense to build a new community without having decent streets to approach it.”
The work on Bentley Drive is part of Skyline Terrace, a Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh redevelopment. Work is ongoing at the site. Skyline Terrace is a 400-unit, $160 million mixed-income project that has replaced the former Addison Terrace public housing complex. The project is scheduled to be finished by December 2018.
Ms. Jackson and her Lombard Street neighbor, Joanne Dunn, say they are asking only for basic city services.
“We always had to fight to get them to fill the potholes,” said Ms. Dunn, who has lived on the street since 1989.
Carol Hardeman, an organizer with the Hill District Consensus Group, said her group has tried to assist the residents by advocating for them with the city, but the issue still has not been resolved.
Nigh Way is categorized as a tertiary street and was last paved in September 1981, according to Katie O’Malley, spokeswoman for the mayor’s office.
“Both the city and Housing Authority are aware of the condition of the street and residents concerns in the area. Nigh Way did not make the 2016 paving list but will be considered in the future,” she said in an email.
“We encourage all residents to notify us of their concerns and submit and submit paving/patching/pothole service requests via the 311 Response Center. DPW is currently in the process of performing a comprehensive pavement condition assessment of all city-owned streets. The Cartegraph assessment will help us identify where repairs are most needed and help establish a multi-year paving plan that can be shared with local utilities, increasing opportunities for coordination and reducing project conflicts.”
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