Green Boulevard Meeting to Highlight New Designs

Tim Camerato March 14, 2012

Consultants working on the Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard will unveil their designs during a meeting Thursday in Lawrenceville.

The Green Boulevard will span the six and a half mile stretch of land that is currently the Allegheny Valley Railroad Right-of-Way. It could include riverfront park access, neighborhoods, kayak and boat access, and a multi-use rail corridor capable of transporting people to offices or entertainment downtown.

Lena Andrews, a planning and development specialist with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, said since the first public meeting in November, their consultants spent time becoming familiar with Pittsburgh and working on new designs.

“They’ve come up with a few different alternatives for a site in Lawrenceville that’s right on the Green Boulevard, they’ve come up with a potential alignment for the bicycle/pedestrian path, there’s some ideas of a new riverfront design in the Strip District and Lawrenceville,” Andrews said.

(Urban Redevelopment Authority)
This stretch of riverfront property along the Allegheny River affects five distinct communities.

Andrews said they’re hoping people will offer their feedback during the meeting. She said, after planning is finished, some pieces of the boulevard will be finished faster than others.

“We’re hoping that the bicycle/pedestrian path could get moving,” said Andrews. “Transit’s a little more complicated because we need to make sure that everything’s interconnected with our current bus system and all of the other transit options in the region. And, if you know, the Port Authority’s dealing with some funding issues.”

Andrews said they aren’t yet sure how much the entire project will cost, but the planning phase was made possible through a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and the Department of Transportation.