SPC is proceeding with this study in partnership with a broader project Steering Committee comprised of key staff from SPC, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Allegheny County, the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC), and the City of Pittsburgh. The Steering Committee recognizes that the SR 885 / Second Avenue corridor is one of both local and regional significance. Locally, it serves as the key transportation link for residents, community activities, businesses, services, and industry sites directly along the corridor and throughout the adjacent neighborhoods. Regionally, it has been identified as a corridor of significance for the City and the County as it serves as one of the primary means of connecting the communities of the Lower Monongahela River Valley and the South Hills with major job centers in Oakland, South Side, and Downtown.
Additionally, the study corridor is expected to experience a significant amount of growth through development sites that include the Hazelwood Green (Almono) development, the Carrie Furnace site in Rankin, continued growth at the Homestead Waterfront, Pittsburgh Technology Center, Southside Works, and within the Hazelwood Local Neighborhood Commercial District. It is, therefore, critical from an economic development and community/quality of life standpoint that the impacts of these developments are considered when planning for the overall vision of this corridor. Within this context, the following Draft Vision Statement has been developed by the Steering Committee for the SR 885 / Second Avenue Multimodal Corridor Study:
“The study should make recommendations that will improve safety and mobility for all travel modes and are supportive of existing neighborhoods and planned land use context along the corridor.”
In support of the project Vision and based on Steering Committee guidance, study goals will include the exploration of long-term improvements to manage congestion and delays through multimodal strategies that:
- Focus on decreasing the prevalence of single-occupancy vehicle trips.
- Provide the mobility services and facilities necessary to enable growth and development in neighborhoods along the corridor including rapid, reliable, sustainable and resilient travel choices to Downtown Pittsburgh and other regional destinations.
- Encourage bicycle travel along the corridor on a complete trail network.
- Increase the use of transit, transit progression, carpool and other modes throughout the corridor.
- Preserve and enhance local quality of life and economic prosperity along the corridor.
- Promote compact land development patterns and infill development in developed areas, as per local land use plans.
- Promote solutions that are contextual to the changing character of adjacent land uses along the state route.
Stakeholder and public outreach will be integrated throughout the planning process to confirm, expand, or refine the perspectives articulated by the draft project vision, goals, and strategies.