Pittsburgh officials on Monday announced that the city has been awarded more than $3 million in state grant money for infrastructure projects.
The money included $500,000 for the city to purchase maintenance equipment, a street sweeper and trucks for the newly created bridge maintenance division.
Mayor Ed Gainey launched the division as part of a broader initiative to fund, maintain and repair the city’s bridges in the wake of the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse in January 2022 and resulting concerns about the state of the city’s bridges.
Another $250,000 will help cover construction costs at a new Department of Public Works facility that will serve the city’s South Hills neighborhoods, where residents have complained for years about how long it takes to clear their streets after snowfall. The project will come with a price tag of about $3 million total.
“This funding is critical to our plans to help care for our city-owned bridges, will help us finalize the construction of the fourth division for the Department of Public Works and will improve community resources across the city,” Gainey said in a statement.
The city also will receive funding for a complete streets renovation in Beechview, several other road projects, sidewalk improvements and work on the Davis Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, according to the state.
Julia Felton is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Julia by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .
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