The Punch List – 9/21/18

Punchlist Natalie Stewart

Liberty Bridge is Finally Free—From Construction:  Mostly, anyway. After three years, visible construction on the Liberty Bridge Rehabilitation Project was completed this week. Despite a fire setting back its completion in 2016, the bridge was completed only 2% over budget. The bridge once appeared on 60 Minutes for its structural deficiencies, and now has some upgrades including a lane control system, latex concrete, and new railings.

A New URA: Mayor William Peduto is hoping to give Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) a new deal. Started under Mayor David L. Lawrence, the 75-year-old URA has been a part of many of Pittsburgh’s major ‘wrecking ball’ developments. Now, Peduto and the URA board hope to create a new URA that focuses on neighborhood development and small business. Why the shift? Peduto hopes to create “a new Pittsburgh for all.”

Knight in Self-Driving Car: Self-driving cars may not have the same appeal to some as a white horse, but Knight Foundation committed $5.25 million towards self-driving vehicle technology in cities across the country, including Pittsburgh– the first U.S. city to permit self-driving Ubers on the streets. The Knight Foundation will be funding a project in Pittsburgh that will include community engagement and planning self-driving car initiatives.

What’s Not Going Down the Pipeline: Environmental activists are protesting the completion of Shell Falcon Pipeline following a blast in Beaver County—after one week of operation. Although Shell didn’t own or operate the Beaver County pipeline, activists are still concerned about the overall safety of gas and pipeline infrastructure in Western PA. The PA Department of Environment Protection is reviewing Shell’s pipeline. Read more about Western PA pipelines here.

And Room to Grow: Pittsburgh company Module sold its first “just enough” house last week. Module creates expandable houses that grow with their owners. Pittsburgh’s own Brian Gaudio hopes that Module’s expandable design can help sustainably and affordably fill Pittsburgh’s housing gap. Read more about Module here.

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