Look we have all had our Carson street phases. Freshly 21, you feel invincible heading out for a long night bar hopping in the South Side. Nothing can deter you from having a good old time. Then you get a bit older and realize that it's not all it used to be. Staying up past midnight isn't in the cards and you'd rather not deal with a guy in Eddie Bauer jeans trying to fight you because you looked at his girl from way across the room. Eventually you make South Side a place you only visit on occasion... it holds a special place in your heart - but you pick and choose when you go there....oh yeah the blog....ANYWAY
MAJOR changes are on deck after a string of incidents that have occurred in Pittsburgh's South Side in recent weeks. There's a lot to unpack here - so take a look at all of the adjustments.
From The City Of Pittsburgh's official press release:
In response, the City of Pittsburgh Public Safety is implementing the following changes as a pilot project:
- Between the hours of 7 p.m. until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, vehicle traffic will be allowed OUTBOUND ONLY on E. Carson Street between S.10th and S.18th Streets.
- Side streets from S.11th to S.17th inclusive will be closed to traffic. Vehicles will be diverted around those streets via either Muriel Street or Sarah Street.Only valid residential permit holders will be allowed to enter these areas
- Only emergency vehicles and Port Authority buses will be allowed to travel in both directions on E. Carson
- Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft will not be permitted on East Carson Street between S.10th and S.18th Streets. Passengers must arrange pick-up and drop-off points in advance, utilizing one of the open side streets
- Parking and deliveries will be prohibited on either side of E. Carson Street between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m.
- Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers will be posted in key areas to ensure the safe flow of traffic
- During this pilot period, PennDOT is working closely with the City of Pittsburgh to halt overnight work in connection with its East Carson Street Improvement Project
These changes will be in place for the foreseeable future in an effort to mitigate gridlock, allow for a dedicate
This will certainly shake up the flow of the night. Ultimately I want South Side to be a safe destination for all. Hopefully these changes and the coordinated efforts from law enforcement go a long way to restoring people's faith in staying out a little late without worry.