OPDC supports community input in public and private planning processes. We convene neighborhood stakeholders to review and comment on proposed development and infrastructure investments; and we disseminate information about the planning process and outcomes to the community at large. We articulate community concerns and priorities and represent the Oakland community at planning hearings.
Current Oakland Projects
The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure is working to determine if a repair or full replacement is necessary to improve the Charles Anderson Bridge, which connects the Boulevard of the Allies to Schenley Park/Panther Hollow Road. Stay tuned on our website for updates.
Baum Boulevard/Centre Avenue Road Safety Audit
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission is conducting a road safety audit along Centre Avenue and Baum Boulevard, between N. Craig Street and Negley Avenue.
Bellefield Avenue road safety audit
Bigelow Boulevard redesign
The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) and the University of Pittsburgh are working together to redesign the stretch of Bigelow Boulevard between Fifth and Forbes Avenue. This redesign will include improvements for bike/pedestrian safety and will attempt to address traffic congestion.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System
Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, Port Authority of Allegheny County, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority have proposed a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that connects Downtown Pittsburgh with Uptown, Oakland, and several other communities. Read more about this project and stay updated on the planning process here.
The EcoInnovation District in Pittsburgh works to identify ways that redevelopment can improve neighborhoods, specifically in the Uptown and West Oakland communities. This model focuses on implementing smart and efficient infrastructure, green building practices, and improved bike/pedestrian/public transit accessibility. Click here to learn more.
Forbes Avenue Betterment Project
The Forbes Avenue Betterment Project will address one of our community's five most critical distinct needs in adhering to our Oakland 2025 Master Plan: to develop a multi-modal transportation network that incorporates “complete streets” principles (accessibility and safety for pedestrians, cyclists, automobiles and transit) and connects all parts of the neighborhood. PennDOT plans to repave Forbes from the Birmingham Bridge to Margaret Morrison and will introduce permanent bike lanes, upgraded traffic signals, and crosswalks, as needed. Click here to stay updated on traffic alerts and project details.
Healthy Ride bike station expansion
Healthy Ride, Pittsburgh’s bike share system, is planing a 175-station expansion throughout the city. Visit their website to offer feedback on proposed station locations or leave a comment to provide suggestions.
Joncaire Street steps replacement project
The Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA) has been working with Clearwater Construction to demolish and rebuild the Joncaire Steps, a public staircase that offers a key connection between Panther Hollow and Central Oakland. The estimated project completion date is Summer 2018. Learn more about this and other OTMA projects.
Mon-Oakland Mobility Plan
The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI), the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy are examining approaches to better connect Oakland, Four Mile Run, Greenfield, and Hazelwood. Voice your input at upcoming public discussions. The next meeting is May 22nd.
Neville Street bike lane
Robinson Street and Fifth Avenue intersection
Thanks to the advocacy of The Corner/West Oakland Neighborhood Council, the city has recently installed traffic diverters at the intersection of Robinson Street and Fifth Avenue to prevent vehicles from illegally turning from Robinson onto 376 West. OPDC continues to work with West Oakland residents to reconfigure traffic flow and improve this intersection.