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Pittsburgh City Council boosts 2018 budget for paving streets

Bob Bauder
| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
City of Pittsburgh workers Nathan Cherry (from left) of Lincoln-Lemington, Mike Wallace of Banksville and Steve Shackleford of Uptown fill a pothole on Fifth Avenue in Uptown in 2015. Mayor Bill Peduto plans to add $800,000 to the 2018 paving budget.
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City of Pittsburgh workers Nathan Cherry (from left) of Lincoln-Lemington, Mike Wallace of Banksville and Steve Shackleford of Uptown fill a pothole on Fifth Avenue in Uptown in 2015. Mayor Bill Peduto plans to add $800,000 to the 2018 paving budget.

Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday added $722,000 to the city's $16 million 2018 paving budget, but fell about $78,000 short of Mayor Bill Peduto's goal of $800,000.

Council transferred money from more than a dozen idle accounts to come up with the funds.

Peduto last month requested an additional $800,000 to repair pothole-plagued streets. Council last week approved $722,000, but held back about $75,000 earmarked to help pay for a study of Heth's Run in Highland Park at the request of Councilwoman Deb Gross, who represents that area. Heth's Run is a 60-acre former stream valley that includes the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium parking lot, according to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy .

Gross, of Highland Park, said council would vote on the $75,000 next week. She said she hopes members vote against it.

“We didn't really need to do this now,” she said. “We have $16 million to spend first.”

The Mayor's Office is glad council approved the additional funds, said Peduto spokesman Tim McNulty.

“No matter what the final number is, it's still a significant increase in the paving budget,” he said.

Pittsburgh streets were particularly hard hit by winter weather this year, and the city has received numerous complaints about potholes.

It costs about $260,000 to pave one mile of city streets. The extra cash will provide paving for about 3 extra miles, the equivalent of 40 city blocks.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-765-2312, bbauder@tribweb.com or via Twitter @bobbauder.

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