First "Clean Construction" Project Slated for Duck Hollow

Guidelines Reduce Diesel Fuel Emissions

Joe DeStio
February 21, 2019 - 2:41 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – The first so-called “clean construction” project in the city of Pittsburgh will be built in Duck Hollow next to Squirrel Hill. Mayor Bill Peduto and city officials say contractors will break ground in May on a $2.5 million McFarren Street Bridge over Nine Mile Run.

Clean construction means diesel fuel emissions are limited though the use of particulate filters and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel to power trucks and heavy equipment at the site.

The Group Against Smog and Pollution lobbied hard for the new guidelines which were revised in 2016. Executive Director Rachel Filippini says, “We know that diesel particulate matter poses one of the greatest cancer risks from any toxic outdoor air pollutant and that the black carbon found in diesel pollution is a potent global warming agent.”

Peduto worked for the guidelines as a city councilman as far back as 2011. “This project allows the city of Pittsburgh to be a model for construction activities that are responsible to both the planet and out budget’s bottom line,” said Peduto.

The clean construction guidelines apply to projects costing at least $2.5 million in which city funds are used.

The McFarren Street Bridge will connect Old Browns Hill Road with McFarren Street in Duck Hollow. Work is to start in May and is projected to be complete in 2020.

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