Major Street Redesign Coming to Pittsburgh's Historic Strip District

Five blocks in Pittsburgh's Historic Produce Terminal Strip District will gain wider sidewalks, public spaces, and traffic calming according to a recently released final design concept.

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February 20, 2019, 8:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Historic Produce Terminal Strip District

One block over from Penn Avenue, pictured here, Smallman Street will become a much more pedestrian- and human-oriented street. | Steve Heap / Shutterstock

"A five-block area of Smallman Street in Pittsburgh’s Strip District will get a complete makeover that could cost up to $5 million and includes adding sidewalks and angled back-in parking, reducing traffic lanes, milling and paving, and a public plaza for outdoor dining and public events," reports Ed Blazina.

"The new street layout is designed to slow traffic, provide sidewalks for pedestrians and accommodate bike lanes," according to Blazina. "To gain space for angled parking on both sides and bike lanes in both directions on one side, motor vehicle traffic will be reduced to one 10-foot lane in each direction."

The street project is a component of a larger project by Chicago-based developer McCaffery Interests to redevelop the Strip's "iconic" produce terminal building. The city's Urban Redevelopment Authority approved a development agreement with McCaffery for that project earlier this month.

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