Released September 23, 2016
Port Authority of Allegheny County will reopen the Red Line between Fallowfield and Potomac stations in Beechview Sunday, following the successful completion of the six-month rail replacement project.
Port Authority closed the Red Line in late March to replace nearly one mile of embedded tracks and street pavement in the center lanes of Broadway Avenue, the main thoroughfare that runs the length of the neighborhood. The section had come to the end of its useful life and needed to be replaced before the condition of the track worsened.
“I’m thrilled to see the work on the Red Line completed after these last few days of testing, and commend the Port Authority and its contractor for getting the work done on time, working with the community and business owners, and being responsive to the advocacy on behalf of the community by Senator Fontana, Representative Deasy, Council Member Ellenbogen, Mayor Peduto and Councilwoman Rudiak,” said Allegheny County CEO Rich Fitzgerald.
Although the $8.4 million project was initially proposed to take two construction seasons, Port Authority worked with community members and business owners and condensed the work into two phases during a single construction season. The phases allowed Michael Facchiano Contracting to lessen the impact on businesses by completing the first phase and then moving on to the second phase.
"We’re grateful for such strong support from the Beechview community," said Authority CEO Ellen McLean. “This is a significant investment in our light rail system and in the Beechview community. We’re very pleased with the collaborative efforts that resulted in such as positive project.”
The Red Line transports more than 12,000 people each day from the county's South Hills area into Downtown Pittsburgh. During construction Port Authority provided several options for riders, including a special rail shuttle and shuttle buses that connected them to operating rail stations.
BROADWAY AVENUE TRACK RENEWAL PROJECT
- On Sunday, September 25, the Red Line rail will reopen for 12,000 daily riders who travel between the South Hills, Downtown and the North Shore.
- Total project cost is $8.4 million.
- Port Authority does not anticipate repairs of this magnitude for another 30 years!
- The Red Line was closed between Neeld Avenue and Fallowfield Avenue for six months while Port Authority replaced nearly a mile of deteriorating light rail tracks and 20 inches of pavement. Work started on March 27.
- The section that was replaced had reached the end of its useful life and experienced 22 failures since 2008. The repairs were very costly and would have continued to cause service outages.
- Port Authority worked very closely with the community to address concerns:
- A community meeting was held prior to construction.
- The project was cut from two construction seasons to one construction season.
- The work was broken up into two stages to minimize the inconvenience to residents, businesses and commuters.
- Construction started on the ends of Broadway Avenue in Beechview and then shifted to the center of the community.
- Alternative parking was secured at St. Catherine of Sienna during the weekdays.
- Port Authority provided frequent updates through direct mail, weekly email newsletter updates and web updates.
- Riders were provided with several options during construction including: Beechview bus shuttle, Special Potomac rail shuttle, temporary 42 Dormont Bus (operated between Mt. Lebanon Station and Downtown), and additional trips were added to the Blue Line.
Still have questions? You may contact us directly by emailing us at RedLine@PortAuthority.org and we'll respond within 24 hours (if you email on Friday, we will respond on Monday).
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Thank you for your patience during this much-needed project!