Carnegie Mellon, in collaboration with City Council District 8 and DOMI has completed an engineering traffic and safety analysis of the signalized intersection of Fifth Avenue and Morewood Avenue. This location has seen 37 crashes over a 5-year period, including 8 pedestrian crashes. This intersection is a major pedestrian access route between Shadyside and Oakland, Carnegie Mellon University, and Oakland Catholic High School, as well as, part of a major arterial corridor along Fifth Avenue.
This study issued several short-term recommendations to address safety concerns at this location.The following traffic control changes will be implemented in fall of 2023:
- Prohibition of left turns from northbound Morewood Avenue onto westbound Fifth Avenue.
- Prohibition of left turns from eastbound Fifth Avenue onto northbound Morewood Avenue.
Engineering analysis indicates resulting traffic congestion is expected to be minimal. The existing PRT bus routes that utilize this intersection will be unimpacted.
Construction is planned for Sunday, October 8, 2023. Work is expected to be completed the same day, weather depending.
During construction there will be alternating & temporary lane closures at each mast arm as they are replaced.