Finding The City’s Worst Potholes

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Streets across the city are in terrible condition and the funds to pave them are limited.

Which ones should take priority?

Topping our list of the dirty dozen is Beechwood Boulevard in Squirrel Hill, home to some of Pittsburgh’s wealthiest families and now the dubious distinction of having some of the most treacherous potholes.

Around the corner, Hastings Street is just as bad.

There are streets that merit a zero rating all over the city, including major business thoroughfares like Brookline Boulevard in Brookline and even more heavily-traveled arteries like Fifth Avenue in Oakland and Baum Boulevard in Bloomfield.

Potholes are especially bad on the side streets like Old Banksville Road in Banksville or Ridenour Street in Crafton Heights or Clairhaven Street close by.

This spring, road crews have patched seriously rutted roadways like Steuben Street in the West End, but patching is just a stop-gap and it too is badly in need of paving.

“We will pave streets this year, we will do about what we’ve been doing 30 or 40 miles, but the reality is the money just doesn’t exist to do the amount of roads that we want to do,” Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said.

With those limited funds, some paving has begun. Crews laid a welcome coat of asphalt over Panther Hollow Drive in Schenley Park which had rated a place on our dirty dozen list during a recent drive through.

Pittsburgh Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski sent workers to Darlington Road after KDKA Investigator Andy Sheehan pointed out the mammoth potholes.

City Councilman Doug Shields says streets like Marlborough need to be paved and there is money to do it.

“My advice to the mayor is make your priorities and get things done,” he said.

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  • Jen

    Don’t forget Alyesboro and Northumberland! Oh yeah, and the one on Wightman between Forbes and Alyesboro. On all of these you literally have to dead stop if someone is coming in the opposite direction. You cannot pass them unless you go into the middle of the road. Very dangerous.

  • Thomas J Duttine

    What are you people complaining about?? Darlene Harris has her street paved…

    • Kevin

      I live in Spring Hill the street over from Darlene. (Overbeck St. She lives on Buente St.) and her street is the main part into Spring Hill, of course it is going to be paved. It has nothing to do with her living on that street.

      • Thomas J Duttine

        There are much more traveled streets that need paved than Buente!

  • Danielle

    I live on Brookline Bouldvard and now need to replace all 4 struts on my car from driving on that road everyday!

  • Sir Richard Harris

    Fix the pothole in Darlene Harris’ face.

  • Tosh.0

    It makes sense that the decision to fix potholes falls on the shoulders of a bunch of b-holes.

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