Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Work on Penn Avenue Should Be Less Disruptive This Time, City Officials Say

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Work on Penn Avenue Should Be Less Disruptive This Time, City Officials Say

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The second phase of Penn Avenue reconstruction in Garfield and Bloomfield should begin in 2020, but it's not yet clear how long it will take, Pittsburgh officials said Tuesday.

Work in the first phase, which stretched four blocks from Mathilda to Evaline streets, lasted more than two years before wrapping up in 2016. Critics bristled as it ran longer than planned, went over budget and disrupted businesses.

The city learned a lot from the experience, according to the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, or DOMI. Adjustments for the second phase - which will rebuild about three blocks from Evaline to Graham streets - should include more upfront environmental work to explore soil conditions beneath the thoroughfare, project manager Emily Gaspich said.

Planners also will get a better sense of underground utility vaults, among other preparations before reconstruction begins, Ms. …

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