PWSA Water And Sewer Line Replacement In Strip To Cause Headaches For Businesses

Parking and traffic will be an issue on Smallman Street

Larry Richert and John Shumway
May 17, 2018 - 4:07 pm
Primanti Bros

Primanti Bros.

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The city is beginning a revitalization of the Strip District and is replacing the water mains on Smallman between the 16th Street Bridge and 21st Street.

Director of Marketing for Primanti Bros. Ryan Wilkinson joined the KDKA Radio Morning Show and stated,

“It’s a tough thing for everybody who operates down there.”

The Strip is an expensive area to own property. In order for a business to succeed there, its customers have to be flowing through generating revenue. Construction is going to create more traffic and ultimately fewer customers.

“Of course during that process there is going to be some aches and pains but we are ready, and looking forward to the next steps,” Wilkinson said.

Primanti Bros is a huge chain and the location in the Strip does not have to worry about missing a payment or not hitting a quota because they can bail themselves out.

Smaller businesses in Strip are going to be facing bigger obstacles because most of them do not have money like Primanti Bros.

Not only is the traffic going to be bad, but side street parking is going to be closed.

Wilkinson said earlier today, “they will be opening some lots down towards 15th and Smallman that were previously closed and they will be zoning some additional space around 21st and Smallman that should open up for some additional parking.”

This is going to cause issues because most people are not going to know where to park. When someone see’s parking on the side street closed, they may contemplate even trying to find a spot. Parking is very difficult around the city.

The construction could begin as soon as next week.

Bob Weimar, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, told the KDKA Radio Morning News how many lanes will be open during the construction;

“We are going to create a lane of construction and two lanes of traffic.”

This will go on until the end of summer, which is when the project is expected to be finished. It will be a challenging time for all of the businesses in this area.

When it is all finished, everything will look great. That is what these businesses have to look forward to.



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