Pittsburgh council authorizes $32M in spending on I-579 ‘cap’ | TribLIVE.com
Allegheny

Pittsburgh council authorizes $32M in spending on I-579 ‘cap’

Bob Bauder
1125753_web1_ptr-sea1-081414
LaQuatra Bonci Associates
A “cap” over Interstate 579, also known as the Crosstown Expressway, in Pittsburgh would include a three-acre park with pedestrian walkways between the Hill District and Downtown, an amphitheater, stage, lawns, landscaping, recreation areas, art and other amenities. A “cap” over Interstate 579, also known as the Crosstown Expressway, in Pittsburgh would include a three-acre park with pedestrian walkways between the Hill District and Downtown, an amphitheater, stage, lawns, landscaping, recreation areas, art and other amenities.

Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday authorized about $32 million in spending for the Interstate 579 “cap” designed to link the Lower Hill District and Downtown via a three-acre park.

PennDOT will oversee the work expected to start by July and end in late 2021, according to the Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Plans call for handicapped-accessible pedestrian pathways, an amphitheater, stage, lawns, landscaping, recreation areas, art and replacement of walkways in the area.

“The ‘cap’ project will be transformative for the Hill District by removing a physical barrier and re-establishing connectivity to centers of employment, education and services in Downtown Pittsburgh,” according to the SEA website.

I-579, known as the Crosstown Expressway, runs between the Hill and Downtown. The cap will essentially serve as a large bridge deck made of 8-inch-thick, reinforced concrete slabs supported by beams and pillars.

It will complement the Penguins’ long-awaited $450 million residential, retail and office redevelopment plan for the 28-acre former Civic Arena site.

The SEA in 2016 received a $19 million federal grant for the work and is kicking in an additional $5.2 million. The remaining funding is coming from the state.

Council unanimously approved the allocation without comment.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bob at 412-765-2312, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.