Birmingham Bridge Public Meeting September 17th 2014 in Oakland

Pittsburgh, PA-PennDOT District 11, SAI Consulting Engineers and the Joseph B. Fay Company are hosting two public meetings to provide information on the Birmingham Bridge preservation project on Wednesday, Sept. 17th 2014.


The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place-3454 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15213. 
Two separate sessions are scheduled at the following times:
Session 1
• 11-11:30 a.m. – Open house
• 11:30 a.m.–noon – Project presentation
Session 2
• Noon-12:30 p.m. – Open house
• 12:30-1 p.m. – Project presentation
The $23.5 million preservation project is part of Act 89, the state’s new transportation plan.  Act 89, the legislation made possible by the bipartisan consensus reached by Governor Tom Corbett and the Legislature, will enable PennDOT to invest an additional $128 million in District 11 this year for 15 projects in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties.
Work on the Birmingham Bridge includes painting of the entire superstructure, steel repairs, lighting and sign replacements, bridge deck rehabilitation and guiderail improvements. Approximately 21,000 vehicles use the Birmingham Bridge on an average day.
The public meeting will identify the project details, traffic impacts, schedule, and other information. PennDOT’s project team, SAI Consulting Engineers and representatives from the Joseph B. Fay Company will be available for questions and answers. Comments on the proposed project will be accepted.
The display location is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability. In addition, if you or an individual with whom you are familiar does not speak English as their primary language and who has a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand
English desires to participate in this display, or if you require special assistance to attend and/or participate in this display, or if you feel that you have been denied the benefits of, or participation in a PennDOT program or activity, you may contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Equal Opportunity, DBE/Title VI Division, at 717 787-5891 or 800-468-4201.
For more information on this public meeting contact the Oakland Transportation Management Assocaition at (412) 687-4505.
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2014 Board Elections

Board Elections for the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association will be held at the next general meeting. If you are interested in running for a board position, please contact Brian Oswald (

The meeting will be on Tuesday October 7 at the at the St Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, 148 Monastery Avenue at 7PM.

Voting Members of SSSNA are eligible to vote at the October Meeting. Voting Members must be eighteen years old or older and have attended at least two General Meetings this past year. (See By Laws, Article IV, Section 1.)

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Knoxville Incline Overlook – Final Work Day

Join us for the final volunteer day at the old Knoxville Incline Overlook & Trail along Brosville Street.

Projects Include:
* Priming and Painting the old bridge
* Finishing the gravel trail from the bridge to Brosville Street
* Cementing benches in place in the meadow area
* Mulching and small plantings in the area

This event is in collaboration with GTECH Strategies ReClaim South Program.

GTECH will be supplying all the tools. We just need volunteers!

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Page’s Dairy Social Hour

Join us at Page’s Dairy Mart to celebrate the end of summer on Tuesday September 16 at 7PM. Come out and enjoy an ice cream with your neighbors while supporting this local institution.

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Church Route Cleanup

As part of the Pro Walk Pro Bike Conference in Pittsburgh, the Slopes Association will be leading a walk on the Church Route. Let’s clean it up and make it look great for our visitors!

We will also be weeding the Greeley Street Garden (at Greeley St and Josephine St).

Meet at the 18th Street Bend Garden (at the base of the 18th Street Stairs) at 10AM.
If you have any questions, email

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Hackstown Street Residential Project – Community Outreach Meeting

You are invited to join the development team for a second neighborhood gathering as they introduce the updated master plan for the proposed Hackstown Street Residential Development Project, The Villas at Winter Park.

Join us to learn more about this exciting project in your neighborhood, and meet the development team!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery.

If you have questions or comments and are unable to attend the neighborhood meeting, please contact Cipriani Studio’s Outreach Coordinator, Katie Yakich: [] [814.602.9728]

Click the link to see the flier for the event: Community Outreach Meeting Flier 2.0

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StepTrek Cleanup


This Saturday August 16, join us for a StepTrek Cleanup. We will meet in South Side Park under the Mission Street Bridge starting at 10AM, then start walking. Students from CMU will be joining us to help with the cleanup.

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South Side Park Trail Update


The Mount Washington CDC Emerald Trail Corps has completed their work on South Side Park for the summer. Here’s an update on the work done from the project manager:

Today I walked the completed trail loop, which includes the lower leg of the paved trail at the southern end of the park, the plateau area and a brief jaunt through the Quarry Field parking lot and along the sidewalk at the end of the field, with a mileage roller. The total trail distance came in at just under a mile (approx .9 mi) at 4,909 feet.

Of that total, the Emerald Trail Corps completed work through reroutes and intensive maintenance on 2,512 feet of trail (just under .5 mi). This is only for portions of trail which we moved a significant amount of dirt to form or reform the trail tread and not trail area brushed or where the existing and remaining tread received light maintenance.

In addition, we removed around 8-10 bags of garbage including broken glass as well as a couple of tires from the trail corridor. We reinforced two water crossing which intersect the trail with rock inlays and shut down at least 300 feet of old trail which was either highly eroded or no longer necessary in the trail plan. We did not keep a count of how many vines were removed or trees we needed to fell in the process of clearing the new trail corridors.

- Thomas D. Guentner,  Emerald Trail Corps Project Manager

Now, get out and enjoy the much-improved trail!


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StepTrek 2014


In its 14th year, the Pittsburgh StepTrek will begin Saturday, Oct. 4 at 11AM at South Side Park (Josephine & 21st Streets) on the South Side. The event has lasted this long due to the backing of individuals with a curiosity as to what lies at the top or bottom of the numerous public stairs in the neighborhood.

2 self-guided routes will take a tour of the hillsides and spectacular views that distinguish Pittsburgh. The family-friendly event combines photography, historic narrative and a sense of a neighborhood dependent upon steps. Each pre-registered trekker receives a map and course narratives.

For a full description and list of FAQs visit our website:

All proceeds benefit the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association.

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South Side Park Trail work to begin this month!


As part of our grant award to improve South Side Park, the SSSNA has partnered with the Mount Washington CDC’s Emerald Trail Corps to improve the hiking trails in the park.  Pending final city approval, the Emerald Trail Corps will begin working on trail improvements in South Side Park on July 7th and the work will last approximately 3 weeks.  The trail corps will be working on sections of Ol’ Renziehausen the trail starting at Quarry Field continuing up to Arlington Field and then down to Bandi Schaum Community Garden.  These trail improvements and re-routes will help make the trail system less steep, more user-friendly, and more stable from a water management and erosion control perspective.

As always, you can help the SSSNA keep South Side Park safe by reporting illegal activity including camping and motor biking to 911.

It is illegal to camp or operate a motorized dirtbike in a city park. (city code 473.03-473.04)

If you have any questions, email

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