PennDOT has abandoned its plans to design and build metered ramps and use traffic signals to help with congestion leading from the Parkway East to the Squirrel Hill Tunnel.
The Post-Gazette reported Wednesday that PennDOT has chosen not to pursue a $5 million plan to design and build a ramp-metering system after a study commissioned from the University of Pittsburgh concluded a combination of ramp closures and traffic signals could help relieve congestion.
Dan Cessna, executive for PennDOT District 11, told the Post-Gazette that engineers will begin evaluating the entire Parkway East corridor and its adjoining network of roads in January.
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The plan met with opposition from officials in the communities around Regent Square—Swissvale, Edgewood, Forest Hills, Wilkinsburg and the City of Pittsburgh and other local groups.
Edgewood Council President Pat Schaefer on Wednesday thanked the groups that offered opposition for their engagement in the multi-municipal concern.
"(Swissvale Councilman) Darrell Rapp found out about the possibility of this project early this year and shared the information or we would not have known," Schaefer wrote in an email to opposition leaders on Wednesday. "Thanks to the COG leadership for setting up an information session for the local governments impacted. The Regent Square Civic Association for being the citizen champions setting up meetings and to all for keeping the lines of communication open."
Schaefer credited the CONNECT staff for researching and obtaining documents so that leaders could speak on fact not rumor or hearsay. She also thanked state Sen. Jay Costa, and county Council members Barbara Daly-Danko and Chuck Martoni for their work and local media "for helping to bring this into the light." She also gave special thanks to all the taxpayers who took the time to respond.