Swissvale Borough's Nov. 7 action meeting should address street fixes in Hurricane Sandy's wake.
Swissvale Council met Tuesday night to discuss potential agenda items for next week's meeting, including how the borough plans to rectify pothole problems related to street repairs and excessive rain on South Braddock Avenue and Washington Street. Residents who have troubles with roads in the wake of Hurricane Sandy are asked to make a report to the borough by calling 412-271-7101. Also up for discussion at next week's meeting is how the borough plans to lobby for federal funding to repair the Washington Street Bridge. Four items will be up for a vote on Nov. 7: _______________________ Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here
Washington Avenue again is the focus of Swissvale’s business community as a streetscape program to add essentially decorative touches along most of Washington.
Did you know that until a century ago there were two Swissvales? The western portion, centered on Monongahela Avenue, and the eastern section, based on Noble Street, were separated by the railroad tracks. You could get from one side to the other all right, by walking, giddying-upping your horse or driving your motorcar across the grading that crossed the tracks, but it was a risky business. In those days, there were a lot of trains. Then, in 1907, a two-lane bridge was built to extend Washington Avenue above the tracks to join Monongahela and Noble, and a cohesive “downtown Swissvale” was created. It’s not much of a bridge, even by 1907 standards, only about 100 feet long and built with simple beam construction. Still, it’s done the job of…