MOBILITY

Transportation Studies & Plans

 
 

Key to unlocking the development potential of Hazelwood Green is an adaptive and sustainable mobility network that enables people to easily and safely travel to, from, and within the site. Hazelwood Green is planned as a people-first community that will work towards a Vision Zero goal through the design and implementation of active transportation options, traffic calming measures, and pedestrian-oriented streetscapes. These commitments also align with the site’s overall objectives of minimizing its carbon footprint, improving air quality, and increasing opportunities for human health and wellness. The PLDP details the multi-modal transportation strategy being implemented on the site, which includes a combination of transportation improvements, transportation demand management (TDM), and a shared parking strategy that will reduce single-occupancy vehicles coming to and from the site, and instead create a robust network of multiple mobility modes.

View of the site in Summer 2017 looking south towards Hazelwood.  Photography by ReMake Group.

View of the site in Summer 2017 looking south towards Hazelwood. Photography by ReMake Group.


Improvements Completed & Underway

A new Transportation Impact Study (TIS) is currently in development and will be submitted to the City as part of the new PLDP approval process. A TDM plan will also be generated from this work, along with a shared parking strategy that are both integrated into the approach to development that is framed within the PLDP. The following summarizes existing infrastructure and current commitments for transportation to accommodate near-term needs.

SECOND AVENUE MULTIMODAL STUDY. The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC), in association with PennDOT, the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and the Port Authority of Allegheny County, have initiated a multimodal corridor study for SR 885 / Second Avenue between Uptown and the Hays neighborhood. This corridor study aims to produce a 20-year shared vision and plan for multimodal access, mobility, and livability. To participate in the Plan head to the project’s website here.

SECOND AVENUE CORRIDOR: Phase 1 Transportation Mitigation Project. The 2013 SP-10 rezoning included a TIS that recommended highway improvements required for the first phase of development, which at the time equated to approximately 1,000,000 square feet of development and its accompanying 7,400 trips generated.

The Phase I Transportation Mitigation Project (SR 885, A42) is the implementation of these recommendations from the 2013 Traffic Impact Study (TIS). The project and design is being managed by PennDOT as it encompasses State Route 376 (“the Parkway”) and State Route 885 (Second Avenue corridor). The Phase I Transportation Improvements have been funded by a combination of a State grant and Almono LLC funds. The scope is limited to what was recommended within the 2013 TIS, and includes the following traffic mitigation measures. The presentation from the 9/26/2018 Public Meeting has been posted online here, please check back for more updates as the project progresses.

  • Additional queuing for the Bates Street off-ramp on the Parkway (SR 376).

  • Intersection reconfiguration at:

    • Second Avenue & Bates Street

    • Second Avenue & Hot Metal Bridge

    • Second Avenue & Greenfield Avenue

    • Second Avenue/Irvine Street & Hazelwood Avenue

The 2013 Traffic Impact Study (TIS) will be made available upon request. Please contact us through the website here.

MON-OAKLAND CONNECTOR. The City is currently advancing a plan to provide a direct connection between the site and Oakland on a limited access route through Panther Hollow and along existing public rights-of-way. The Mon-Oakland Connector route has been devised to serve neighborhoods with limited transit access and to pilot the operation of autonomous transport shuttles that would be publicly accessible.

TRANSIT SERVICE. As of April 2, 2019, the site is serviced by the Port Authority of Allegheny County (Port Authority) Route 57, which runs along Blair Street and Hazelwood Avenue. Route 57 is a Downtown-bound route, connecting the Waterfront / Homestead to Hazelwood to Downtown. Three additional Port Authority routes - the 56, 58, and 93 - run along Second Avenue, Irvine Street, and Greenfield Avenue to connect Hazelwood and Greenfield to Downtown and Oakland.

BICYCLE NETWORK. The opening of the Hazelwood Trail creates a safe, off-street commuter route between the site and South Side, Downtown, and Oakland.  Furthermore, the opening of Lytle Street and Street "C" with their grade-separated cycle lanes will facilitate and encourage cycling within Hazelwood Green.

HIGHWAY CONNECTIONS. The site location also provides easy vehicular access to the state highway system, Pittsburgh International Airport, the County Airport, the university district of Oakland, and the Central Business District. An average commute time to the immediately surrounding suburbs is 30 to 40 minutes depending on peak versus off-peak times. There may be opportunity to use microtransit systems for these outlying areas.


Future Multi-Modal Systems

There are multiple options for increasing multi-modal capacity and expand linkages to downtown, Oakland, South Side, other innovation hubs in the City, and to the greater region. Options could include: extension of the existing light rail system from Downtown, aerial gondolas that take advantage of Pittsburgh’s terrain, water taxis that connect multiple riverfront destinations, accessible and safe active transportation networks, enhanced bus routes, and microtransit options. Through a Long-Range Transportation Plan, Almono LLC intends to conceptually assess these and other long-term alternatives over the next year to determine feasible options that facilitate the full build-out potential of Hazelwood Green and improve overall mobility for all of Pittsburgh.

Attendees learn about Hazelwood Green during the Green Building Alliance bicycle tour, July 2017.  Photography by Bradd Celidonia, GBA

Attendees learn about Hazelwood Green during the Green Building Alliance bicycle tour, July 2017. Photography by Bradd Celidonia, GBA