Bloomfield-Friendship Neighborway and FAQs

 

Traffic Calming to provide low-stress alternative to Penn Ave, reduce cut-thru traffic

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The Project

The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, in an effort to provide a low-stress alternate route to Penn Ave and Friendship Ave in Bloomfield, Garfield, and Friendship, is creating a “Neighborway” along Coral Street, Comrie Way, Edmonds St and Pearl St.

The Bloomfield/Friendship Neighborway will better connect Bloomfield & Friendship to Lower and Central Lawrenceville, North Oakland and East Liberty. The route will include wayfinding signage, neighborhood traffic circles, paving, bump outs and other traffic calming measures, where appropriate. Note that the “speed humps” on Edmond St are already in place, but will help serve the larger network.
Finishing this project before the Penn Ave Phase II reconstruction starts will ensure that people on bikes have a safe and reasonable detour option.

Neighborways are streets, or a series of connected streets, where motor vehicle speeds and volumes are kept low to make it more comfortable for existing residents, while also making it safer to walk, ride a bike, and for kids to play. Neighborways are located on low-volume residential streets that discourage drivers from using the street as a cut-through, while maintaining access for residents. As the streets are traffic calmed, and do not include dedicated space (like bike lanes) for bicyclists, the impact on parking or the existing street layout is minimal.

The City’s first Neighborway is located along a series of streets in the South Side.

FAQs

What is MoveForwardPGH?
MoveForwardPGH is a collaborative program between the City’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI), Bike Pittsburgh, and Healthy Ride to help rapidly implement the new Bike(+) Plan, as well as market how less stressful roadways are beneficial for everyone, regardless of how they use our streets. See the https://moveforwardpgh.org/ website for more information.

Why Coral and Comrie?
Coral St and Comrie Way serve as a low-stress parallel alternative to the busy Penn Ave, while still providing easy access to the Garfield business district, as identified in the City’s Bike(+) Plan. Additionally, we are anticipating the Penn Ave Phase II construction to start in the near future, and we’d like to keep motor vehicle traffic low on these streets, while making sure that bicyclists have a convenient and safe detour.

The Bloomfield, Friendship, and Garfield bike network identified in the Bike(+) Plan

Will street parking be affected?
We have no plans to remove any legal parking spaces.

Will the Stop Signs be removed for the traffic circles?
The stop signs will be replaced with yield signs and appropriate signage. While not necessary, we will be using yield signs here in Pittsburgh, because Neighborhood Traffic Circles are new to Pittsburgh, and because we have heard people’s concerns.

What is the timeline of the project?
We anticipate this project going into construction sometime in the late summer/early fall of 2020.

Will the neighborhood traffic circles prevent Emergency Vehicles, garbage trucks or moving trucks from accessing the street?
No. First of all, most emergency vehicles take the closest arterial road, not residential streets to get close to their destination. Once on the street, there will be no access issues. The concrete circles are made with a “mountable curb” meaning that larger trucks can easily drive over them if they need to. We don’t anticipate this being a problem, as we are designing them so that buses can get around the circles without issue. Additionally, we are working with the Public Safety Department during the planning and monitoring process.

Will the traffic circles be ADA compliant?
Yes. This treatment has been used in cities across the country for years with positive results. The project will not touch the sidewalks themselves, although we may extend the curb/sidewalk into the street in key locations. The goal is to improve safety for all modes, including pedestrians and people with mobility concerns. We are working with the City-County Task Force on Disabilities as well as the City’s ADA Coordinator on the project.

How will the project affect buses?
Please note that Port Authority operations are determined by the Port Authority. The project itself will not affect buses. We are working with the Port Authority and the design will be able to accommodate their use. It’s worth mentioning that many of Pittsburgh’s pedestrian crashes are people accessing transit, so we hope that making it safer for pedestrians will make transit more attractive.
If you have further questions, please email:
moveforwardpgh@gmail.com