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City Of Pittsburgh Announces New Protest Guidelines

New Roadway Safety Guidelines prohibits blocking critical roads, intersections

July 26, 2018 - 5:19 pm
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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — The City of Pittsburgh has released new protest guidelines for demonstrators like those protesting the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Antwon Rose in East Pittsburgh last month.

In a statement released Thursday, officials said the guiding principal “remains protecting the First Amendment rights of protesters while assuring that all people – from protesters to city residents and motorists who may be affected by road closures – are kept safe.”

The new guidelines prohibit demonstrators from blocking hospital, special event, tunnel, and bridge entrances and exits.

The rules also identify Red Zone intersections which are not to be blocked. They include Grant Street at the Boulevard of the Allies. Red Zone highways include the Parkways and Route 28.

Other streets are not to be blocked during rush hours.

The guidelines also call for crisis intervention teams to coordinate with protestors. Police will formally adopt de-escalation policies following community input.

 

Here is the City’s full list of Red Zones and critical intersections that are not to be blocked at any time:

1.) Boulevard of the Allies @ Grant Street

2.) Grant St & 1st Ave.

3.) Grant Street & Fort Pitt Blvd

4.) Smithfield Street & Boulevard of the Allies

5.) Smithfield & 1st Ave.

6.) Smithfield & Fort Pitt Blvd.

7.) All intersections along the 7th Ave corridor (from Liberty Ave across Grant Street to the on/off ramps of I579 Crosstown)

8.) Second Ave. & Bates Street

9.) Western Avenue – intersections from Allegheny Ave. toward the West End Bridge

These Routes/Roadways are considered RED Zones:

1.) Route 28

2.) Route 51

3.) Route 65

4.) I279 and its approaches

5.) Washington Boulevard – flood zone area

6.) Allegheny River Boulevard

7.) Bigelow Boulevard – the section of roadway in inbound/outbound directions from Herron Avenue to Downtown

8.) 10th Street Bypass

9.) I-376 and its approaches

The following roads are designated as “Yellow Zones,” and are not to be blocked during the morning or evening rush (7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday).

During non-rush times, Yellow Zone may be blocked for no more than 15 minutes. Critical intersections within the Yellow area listed above are still considered to Red Zones.

Yellow Zones include:

1.) Smithfield Street corridor

2.) Grant Street

3.) Liberty Ave.

4.) RT 837/ East & West Carson Street

5.) Boulevard of the Allies corridor

6.) Stanwix Street

7.) Second Ave.

8.) ANY School Zone

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