PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It is the jewel of southern Allegheny County: South Park, which is undergoing a renaissance of sorts.
The ice rinks will soon get a renovation, and there’s fresh pavement and paint on Corrigan Drive, through the heart of the park.
“Number one I like it because it stops the speeding,” said Tom Aul.
Corrigan Drive has gone from four driving lanes to two.
“We thought that if we reduce the number of lanes that would slow cars down and we found we didn’t need four lanes,” said Andy Beachle, Director of Allegheny County Parks.
It seems to be working, which is part of the reason some don’t like the new pattern.
“It’s only one lane driving so you’re stuck with whoever is in front of you,” one person said.
Reducing driving lanes made room for bike lanes, now separated from walkers and runners.
“It just helps the runners and the bikers not have to worry about running into each other,” said Josh English.
“I don’t like it,” said Robbie Klein, on a bike. “Because they put these bumps in here and now I’m closer to cars.”
Clearly there are some growing pains, Sean Strauman was running in the bike lane.
“It used to be a run path on this side before the construction, I’m just used to it,” he said.
“I don’t know why you want to walk in the bike lanes, there’s a nice area behind the guide rail that’s very wide that people walk on but that’s something we’re looking into,” Beachle said.
Tom Aul was riding in the walking path.
“Because too many people are on their cell phones and not paying attention, it s like riding in the city,” Aul said.
Clearly for some, the jury’s out on the success of the change.
The county is hearing the concerns and keeping an eye on the sitaution and if tweaks are needed they will be made.