Port Authority, city to rebuild E. Warrington Ave.
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The Port Authority and city of Pittsburgh will rebuild a deteriorated section of East Warrington Avenue in the city's Allentown and Beltzhoover neighborhoods.
A committee of the authority board approved a $2.2 million contract Wednesday with Gulisek Construction of Mount Pleasant, of which the transit agency would pay about two-thirds.
Work is tentatively scheduled to begin in September on the 3,100-foot section from Haberman Avenue in Beltzhoover to Arlington Avenue in Allentown.
The concrete roadway, which includes two sets of rails for the authority's light rail system, is in bad shape. "This is a project we've wanted to do for several years," authority CEO Steve Bland said. "That street is in horrendous condition."
Tom Noll, the authority's director of technical support and capital programs, said construction will start at Haberman and work its way up the hill on the right side, then back down on the other side. Plans call for maintaining traffic during construction, which will extend into next season. There likely will be restrictions on parking during the project.
The Port Authority will pay for rebuilding the center section and the city the parking lanes. Curbs also will be reconstructed.
The road will be rebuilt with a 11/2-inch asphalt base and 4 inches of concrete, preserving the rails. The authority has not operated regular Light Rail Transit service on the street since eliminating the Brown Line in March 2011 as part of a 15 percent overall service reduction. However, it uses the line to bypass the Mount Washington Transit Tunnel during emergencies.
First Published July 19, 2012 12:00 am