Challenge

The transportation network in Pittsburgh’s predominantly Black Homewood neighborhood needed to support a higher quality of life for residents and businesses. Neighborhood safety audits identified several high-crash locations along Homewood Avenue, Frankstown Avenue, and key intersections along Hamilton Avenue. Speeding posed concerns for children walking to school, people accessing frequent transit services, and patrons of businesses.

Solution

Kittelson led the initial planning study for the active mobility and safety improvements in the Homewood neighborhood. The study built upon the goals and recommendations of the 2020 Homewood Comprehensive Community Plan, including creating an ADA compliant sidewalk network, providing access to high quality transit for all residents, and developing safe routes to school.  

Our team developed transportation solutions for Homewood, advanced by the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI), during a neighborhood-wide safety and mobility study focused on multimodal connections, safety, active transportation, and transit operations. We also gathered public input on the planning efforts and to develop evaluation criteria to determine project priority for implementation. 

Recommended improvements included traffic calming, spot safety improvements, signal upgrades, sidewalk improvements, transit stop upgrades, and bicycle connections. 

The Outcome

Making Homewood Neighborhood a Home through Active Mobility Improvements

These planning efforts resulted in an additional grant from Allegheny County for the preliminary design of four priority corridors, for which we prepared final design plans. The project aims to improve multimodal connections, safety, active transportation, and transit operations for the residents in the Homewood neighborhood.