Pittsburgh, November 14, 2017 — Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Representative Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) announced today that the City of Pittsburgh will receive $500,000 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority for a reconstruction project on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.
“This is a big project in a heavily trafficked part of Pitt’s campus, and I’m glad we were able to secure state funding to help,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa. “The final product will be a huge safety and convenience improvement.”
“I applaud the CFA for awarding financing to this project. It’s exactly the kind of project that we all had in mind when we developed the Multimodal Transportation Fund,” said Representative Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny). “This development will enhance travel for everyone in the area – regardless of mode.”
The money from the Multimodal Transportation Fund will assist the reconstruction of Bigelow Boulevard on the lower campus.
The section of Bigelow Boulevard between Fifth and Forbes avenues is the civic center of the Pitt campus and sees regular traffic from students, business people, employees and tourists.
The total project cost is nearly $4,000,000 and will close a gap in the bicycle network, improve pedestrian crossing, and reduce the number of vehicle lanes to calm traffic in the area. The Bigelow Boulevard reconstruction will also include a new transit stop, the largest stop in the University-operate shuttle network.