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Oakmont seeks candidates for pedestrian plan committee

Dillon Carr
| Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, 1:51 p.m.
Oakmont officials seek to improve sidewalks and increase foot traffic through a pedestrian plan.
Oakmont officials seek to improve sidewalks and increase foot traffic through a pedestrian plan.

Oakmont officials are seeking candidates that will form a committee tasked with making the borough more pedestrian friendly.

Assistant Borough Manager Carol Moore said forming a committee for the recently approved Pittsburgh-based Environmental Planning & Design recommendations is phase one of the project.

“We expect a fair amount of people to apply,” Moore said. “We’ve had multiple residents express interest in the plan itself.”

According to the plan, which was unanimously approved by council in June, the committee needs to have at least eight representatives and up to 10.

Representatives, or stakeholders, must either work or live in Oakmont, with preference given to those who do both. Stakeholders must also have an interest in and possibly be affected by actions recommended in the Oakmont Pedestrian Plan.

Moore said individuals who have a background in transportation and urban planning are encouraged to apply by the Sept. 3 deadline. She said the borough’s goal is to form a committee by the end of the year.

The form, found online at bit.ly/2AxQj7F, says candidates must be willing and able to meet quarterly in the evenings, as well as additional pre-planning meetings. Completed forms can be emailed to admin.assistant@oakmontborough.com.

“The Borough is committed to improving pedestrian walkways for residents and visitors of all abilities. Our goal is to increase opportunities to safely walk throughout Oakmont,” Moore said in an email.

The $21,000 pedestrian plan, in the works since December, includes making improvements such as installing more traffic flashers and extending curbs along Hulton Road. It also recommends getting better signage and improving sidewalk and construction standards, reinforcing 15 mph speed limit zones around schools and parks, and Americans with Disabilities Act training for borough staff.

The plan was funded by two separate grant programs.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, dcarr@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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