The plan to beautify the Louisa Street steps is moving forward. In a report to OPDC, the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works (DPW) reported Mackin Engineering Company will complete engineering drawings of the preferred design for the new Louisa Street steps. The engineering drawings include proposed changes to both the stairs and parking area at the top of stairs.
“The engineering work helps us understand what the real implementation costs will be,” says OPDC’s Wanda Wilson. “It’s an important step to move the community’s vision for the corridor forward.”
Mackin has subcontracted Springboard Design on the project. OPDC worked with Springboard this past spring to create the initial design concepts, thanks to a grant from The Sprout Fund. “Springboard’s working with the engineering firm is another positive step to ensure consistency throughout the process,” Wilson reported.
While the long-term project moves ahead, there are also near-term improvements planned. DPW plans to install a runnel, a narrow ledge that allows cyclists to roll their bikes alongside the staircase, and a stop sign on McKee Place at Louisa Street.
Stay tuned for OPDC updates on the timeframe for the installation of these improvements.