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Soon You’ll Be Able To Drive In A Straight Line Again, Street Repaving Starts Monday

Kailey Love
90.5 WESA
This pothole in Uptown may soon be a thing of the past.

On Monday, crews will begin patching and resurfacing 37 miles of streets, spread across the city’s nine council districts. Through coordination with various utilities, a total of 55 miles of roadway will once again be made traversable.

The announcement comes not a moment too soon. 

To the uninitiated observer, it may look as though motorists and cyclists throughout the region are training for some sort of slalom event: weaving between divots beaten into the streets by snow, ice, salt and the churn of thousand-pound vehicles.

Some cars slow down, navigating the pocked and pitted roadway with care (which can be good news for cyclists and pedestrians) while others adopt a devil-may-care attitude. Want to see other road users wince? Watch as a car speeds through swiss-cheese pavement, bottoming out in a hole large enough to be designated a new city swimming pool.

It's been a rougher than usual pothole season, but we've got six glorious months to banish the memory. 

To see which streets you'll be able to soon drive without fear of popping a tire, check out the full list of repaving projects here

The City of Pittsburgh allocated nearly $17 million to paving this year, and in February, the mayor’s office introduced legislation to add $800,000 more.

It's also been a record year for landslides in Pittsburgh. Earlier this week, Mayor Bill Peduto said the city is five times over budget for landslide remediation -- and it's only April. 

Margaret J. Krauss is WESA’s senior reporter. She covers development and transportation, and has produced award-winning podcasts on housing, work, and Pittsburgh’s lesser-known history. Before joining the newsroom full time, she covered the challenges facing Pennsylvania cities as a statewide reporter, and spent another life as an assistant editor for National Geographic Kids Magazine in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at mkrauss@wesa.fm.
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