Pittsburgh City Council approves $ 2 million project to prevent landslides on Mount Washington
Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday approved a $ 2 million project to prevent landslides on Mount Washington.
Known for its panoramic city views, Mount Washington has seen multiple landslides in recent years, forcing the city to invest in remediation efforts and repair roads damaged by landslides.
In an effort to protect the area from future landslides, the city council has plans in place to provide up to $ 2 million for a landslide mitigation project. Green Tree-based Gannett Fleming Inc., which has designed more than 25 landslide stabilization projects over the past five years, will handle the Mount Washington project.
The money for the project comes from a $ 10 million federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, which the city received last year.
The project would “preemptively secure the hills of Mount Washington to minimize the likelihood of a catastrophic slope event,” according to a summary provided by the Pittsburgh Office of Management and Budget.
Mayor Bill Peduto’s office expressed support for the project when the proposal was presented to city council last month.
The project will attempt to prevent landslides in three areas of Mount Washington.
The first, identified as the “back face”, consists of the slope of Mount Washington along Highways 19 and 51. The second, the “nose,” refers to the narrow slope of Mount Washington under a telecommunications tower and above a freight rail. lines. The last area is the slope facing downtown, spanning the Liberty Tunnel.