South Side, Oakland Businesses React To City’s Safety Plan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Business owners and people who live in the South Side and Oakland are reacting to the city’s Super Bowl security plan.

Forbes Avenue from McKee Place to Bigelow Boulevard will close at 9 p.m. Sunday. Parking restrictions will begin at 4 p.m.

East Carson Street will follow the same schedule, closing between South 10th Street and 22nd Streets, in addition to the parking restrictions.

But will the plan work?

“If we win, it’s going to be mayhem no matter how you look at it and people are going to be out of control,” Jim Kostishack said. “Hopefully, not too out of control.”

Peter Vokelic, a longtime South Side resident, says it’s a problem in his neighborhood every weekend.

Cory Lewis, co-owner of Mario’s South Side Saloon, likes the city’s safety plan.

“A well-planned idea, I think that they’re here to control the crowd and keep everybody happy and keep everybody moving out after the celebration’s over,” Lewis said.

Jason Gidas, of Gidas Flowers, says Oakland businesses got a heads up from public safety earlier this week.

“They warned us ahead time that if you have an awning to roll it back and that they will have extra police security in the area,” he said.

There will be an additional 400 police officers patrolling the streets and manning both rolling and stationary DUI checkpoints.

  • Dan

    Where are they getting a additional 400 police? We only have 500 officers that work the streets in the city…..

    • Dan

      They are going to cancel officers days off for Sunday…that is how they are doing it.

  • Jeff

    It won’t be bad after the packers win.

  • Richard

    Just remove everything that isn’t bolted down or is combustible, move your car to a different location for a short time, stay inside and lock the doors. Drunk stupid people will always act like drunk stupid people so let natural selection take care of it. One more thing, don’t eat the yellow snow!

  • FixPGH

    They closed down Carson for the last Super Bowl, doesn’t keep the drunks from wandering down the side streets and damaging things. Police don’t monitor the side streets. Good luck residents.

  • SteelyMcBeam

    Can’t yinz jagoff have a good time without destroying things after the Stillers win?!?!

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