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.