Pedestrian and traffic safety measures will be in effect
Point Park will begin construction on streetscape improvements to the Wood Street Corridor, a project of the Academic Village at Point Park University, on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010.
The project will last approximately 18 months and affect three blocks of Wood Street, from Fort Pitt Boulevard to Third Avenue. The streetscape work is a key element of the Academic Village Initiative, a $244 million campus and neighborhood improvement plan.
The first phase of the project will begin on the west side of Wood Street, between Fort Pitt Boulevard and First Avenue, where Conestoga Hall, Starbucks coffee shop and a surface parking lot are located.
During construction, pedestrian access will be clearly marked to Conestoga Hall and Starbucks, and vehicle and pedestrian access to the parking lot will be clearly marked.
In addition, the following safety and traffic measures will be in effect:
- Pedestrian traffic will be re-routed through a carefully marked walkway
- The western-most lane of Wood Street traffic will be closed
- Port Authority bus routes will be unaffected
Phase one is expected to be completed by the end of fall semester 2010. From there, work will continue to the other blocks included in the project.
Point Park was awarded a $3.95 million grant from the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative for the Wood Street upgrades and enhancements.
The grant was the largest of 40 awarded throughout the commonwealth and will fund such improvements as new trees, milling and resurfacing of the street, installation of accessible sidewalks and curbs, installation of LED light fixtures, the addition of distinctive pedestrian-scaled street lighting and new and efficient signaling systems at the intersections with the Boulevard of the Allies and Third Avenue.
The Wood Street Corridor project is a joint collaboration among Point Park University, the City of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The artist's rendering below shows how Wood Street is expected to look after the project is done.
Wood Street rendering by WTW Architects.