Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Loose Asphalt Means Danger for Walkers, Riders on Leydon Street

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Loose Asphalt Means Danger for Walkers, Riders on Leydon Street

Article excerpt

Ever try to walk on ball bearings, marbles or golf balls?

How about trying to walk on crumbled asphalt about the size and shape of those objects to get to your car or just to cross the street?

That's what the residents of Leydon Street in Lawrenceville have to deal with every day.

And, with snow and ice season about to descend on us, it's going to get worse.

"It's not safe," said James Rall, 82, a retired multiskilled blue- collar worker whose two-bedroom hillside home overlooks the street. "It's hard to maintain your balance while walking across the street. It's easy to lose your footing.

"I've been on the city's tail about this for four or five years," he added. "They keep telling us that we're on the resurfacing list, but we're still waiting for them to do it."

His wife, Betty, 78, a retired waitress, said Leydon "was a nice street when we came here 45 years ago. We raised six kids here and the city kept the street in good shape. Now all they do is patch it."

Leydon Street, one short block off 54th Street, is steep and narrow -- 12 feet wide and 290 feet long. There are no guide rails near the top to keep cars from sliding over a hillside into the backyards of residents whose homes face 54th Street.

The dead-end street could serve as a ski jump in the winter, but there's no safe place to land. Motorists coming down Leydon, especially in wet or winter conditions, have to be careful to avoid a wooden utility pole at the corner of Leydon and Duncan streets.

"Those big city garbage trucks don't come up here," said Aaron Chaney, who is remodeling a two-story frame house near the top of the street. "They send pickup trucks to pick up the trash."

Alice Mali, 85, who lives at the top of the street in a tidy two- story brick house her father built in 1952, said she has been complaining about the condition of the street "for years and years. …

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