Sourced from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
After getting an earful from residents of the Junction Hollow area of Greenfield about 2½ years ago, Pittsburgh officials are ready to move ahead with the largest stormwater mitigation project in the city’s history to address chronic flooding problems in the area known as “The Run.”
Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is refining a proposal for a $41 million program that would involve a mostly green solution to the flooding problems, expand Panther Hollow Lake to hold more water and establish an open trench system to take water from Schenley Park to the Monongahela River without pouring into homes mostly on Saline and Boundary streets.
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy oversaw initial development of the plan and has turned it over to the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority for final design and construction set to begin in 2020.
At the same time, the city is finalizing plans to establish a low-speed, on-call shuttle system between Hazelwood and Oakland that would pass through Junction Hollow on a new, separate path. The system — which still has objections from Junction Hollow residents — would serve residents at both ends as well as thousands of projected employees at the Hazelwood Green development site and faculty and students from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.
Residents in Junction Hollow would have special access to the service but others who might want to park there and commute would not.
The stormwater plan, proposed by nationally recognized green firms Phronesis and Burns & McDonnell, would include new trails, picnic areas and other recreational activities to the park in addition to flood control, said Megan Zeigler, associate project manager for PWSA.
“We want to make sure the park is better when we leave than it was when we got there,” she said.