Pittsburgh has over 800 sets of public steps citywide, more than any city in the United States. The Frazier Street Steps provide a convenient connection between Frazier Street, Romeo Street, and Bates Street in South Oakland. It's a critical connection for cyclists and pedestrians to divert from the vehicle-heavy Boulevard of the Allies.
The reconstruction of this neighborhood infrastructure will include new steps with railings, lighting, and a bike runnel. This update seeks to connect residents to transit and other neighborhood amenities.
It was decided that it would be more appropriate to reconstruct the new steps close to the existing steps. A preliminary engineering agreement is in place and information gathering such as land surveying and soil core borings are being obtained to support the design effort. This phase is anticipated to be completed early in 2024.
Near the end that the preliminary engineering phase, we will begin the final design phase. We anticipate final design will be completed by late spring or early summer of 2024. The city will advertise for construction bids around that time, which would allow physical construction to begin in mid-to-late summer of 2024. Depending on material availability, we expect the construction duration to be six to nine months. If this timeline is met, the new steps could open as early as winter 2024 or spring 2025.