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North Shore access to be limited Saturday for Chesney concert, officials say

Bob Bauder
| Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 1:36 p.m.

Melanie Prince has mixed feelings about Kenny Chesney coming to Heinz Field on Saturday and triggering closures of most streets in and out of the North Shore.

It's going to be a nightmare getting in, the 24-year-old Brookline resident said, but she's probably going to make extra cash working at Mullen's Bar and Grill on Federal Street.

“It's not going to be easy, but am I going to miss out on a $500 day?” Prince said Wednesday, adding that she would likely park Downtown and walk to work. Pittsburgh is closing all but Reedsdale and East Lacock Streets from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. when lots open to reduce traffic congestion before the concert. Reedsdale and East Lacock will remain open all day.

“I know it's going to be an inconvenience for folks who work over here, but it's something that we think needs to be done,” said Guy Costa, the city's operations chief.

A 2013 Chesney concert in Pittsburgh drew national attention because fans left mounds of garbage and police arrested dozens. Paramedics treated about 150 people.

Pittsburgh scheduled extra police and medical personnel and a litter inspector for the concert. State police and state liquor enforcement will patrol the area along with mounted officers from the Allegheny County police.

Costa said officers will be on the lookout for underage drinking and drunken behavior.

Officers will prevent fans from parking in streets, and drivers headed to lots must have a prepaid parking pass or concert ticket to get in. Concert gates open at 4 p.m.

Alco Parking, which operates the lots, will permit tailgating from 1 to 7 p.m., when lots will be closed for litter cleanup. Anyone remaining in the lots will be ordered to leave.

“Most parking spaces on the North Shore are presold,” said Merrill Stabile, Alco's president. “If you don't have a parking pass, the best chance of finding a space will be in the garages.”

They include the West General Robinson Garage at Tony Dorsett Drive and West General Robinson Street, the North Shore Garage on West General Robinson between Sandusky and Anderson Streets and the Allegheny Center Garage on South Commons.

Bob Bauder is a Trib Total Media staff writer. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or bbauder@tribweb.com.

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