Grants announced for park, connectors for Hill and Downtown districts

Wheatley: I-579 “Cap” project to receive $350,000 state grant

PITTSBURGH, March 26 – A major project that will connect the Hill and Downtown districts with a pedestrian park over the I-579 Highway in Pittsburgh has been selected to receive a $350,000 state grant, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today.

“This is an important project to this area of the city, one that will have a huge impact on the quality of life of many of the residents who live and work in both neighborhoods,” Wheatley said. “This project has been a long time coming, and I am excited to see it come to fruition.”

When the project is complete, three acres of park and public space will stretch over the I-579 / Crosstown Boulevard Corridor on a raised platform and include art and performance spaces, as well as storm-water management infrastructure.

A second neighborhood connections project, an ADA accessible pedestrian and bicycle pathway between Crawford Street and 3 Street, was also selected to receive a $327,950 grant. This project aims to connect the Upper and Lower Hill districts and will include landscaping, benches and other amenities.

“I am thrilled these grants are also going toward improving our neighborhoods,” Wheatley said. “These inter-neighborhood connection projects are an important part of the plan to redevelop and reconnect vital parts of our city, and I look forward to seeing them completed.”   

The grants were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through its Multimodal Transportation Fund. The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure safe transportation is available to all Pennsylvania residents.