Oakmont officials plan to resume pedestrian committee activities with a renewed focus on sidewalks.
The committee was first formed last year shortly after the borough approved a comprehensive plan to make the borough more walker friendly.
It was spearheaded by former assistant borough manager Carol Moore, who left in October to pursue other interests.
Councilwoman Carrie DelRosso, the committee liaison, has since taken the lead. The group last met in May and discussed seeking grants for possible projects.
“We’re working on realigning our goals,” DelRosso said. “Our concerns are sidewalks right now, crosswalks and making sure our public understands the traffic patterns.”
Traffic and pedestrian routes will be examined this month and possibly into October as part of a traffic study by Pittsburgh-based David E. Wooster and Associates.
The estimated $31,000 project includes analysis of traffic along Allegheny Avenue, Third Street and Cedar Way from Hulton Road to College Avenue.
“Oakmont is a walking community,” DelRosso said. “The Riverview School District is a walking district. Pedestrians and safety are a priority for the committee. Walking promotes healthy lifestyles as well. As an active resident and runner, it’s vital to the sustainability of the Oakmont community.”
The borough made a significant effort to address sidewalks about 10 years ago.
Councilman Tim Favo said officials split the town into seven sections and canvassed the area. Letters were sent to property owners who needed to make repairs.
“It has been addressed in the past, and it might be a good time to do it again,” Favo said. “It was effective, and it’s going to have to be done every now and then.”
Favo said more than 330 letters went out, with many residents making necessary improvements. There were very few complaints once people realized everyone was being evaluated.
“People are more responsive when they’re not being individually called out,” said Favo.
A PennDOT project under way along Hulton Road also added to emphasis on sidewalks. The state is installing access ramps compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act to the sidewalks.
Oakmont does have a sidewalk ordinance. It is accessible via the borough website at oakmontborough.com by clicking “codes” under the Government tab’s administration section.
The next pedestrian committee meeting is 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at the borough building. Call 412-828-3232 or email the borough via its website for more information.