Aspinwall awarded grant to study safety along Freeport Road
Improved safety for bikers and pedestrians along Freeport Road in Aspinwall is the goal for a newly awarded grant by Allegheny County.
Aspinwall received $12,750 from the county’s Active Allegheny program, made available through the Redevelopment Authority.
The money will help council study ways to improve safety along the heavily used corridor that stretches from Blawnox to Sharpsburg.
Borough Manager Melissa Lang-O’Malley said engineers will begin identifying problems along Freeport Road in an attempt to alleviate hazards for people who bike, walk or use the bus line.
Freeport Road is owned by PennDOT and connects the borough with The Waterworks and Route 28.
Former councilman Mark Ellermeyer spearheaded the grant, citing a lack of bus shelters and crosswalks. He said previously the money is not earmarked for bike lanes. It is a move to increase safety for everyone who crosses the busy road.
Council will use the engineer-identified problems to approach PennDOT for change.