(Pittsburgh, Pa.) The Port Authority of Allegheny County’s Stage II Light Rail Transit System Project has been named Project of the Year in the transportation category by the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP). Gannett Fleming, an international planning, design, and construction management firm, served as the construction manager for this project, in a joint venture with DMJM+Harris.
The $400 million Light Rail Transit System Project reconstructed and improved the Overbrook Line located in Pittsburgh, Pa. The project also provides signals, communications, and trackwork upgrades throughout the existing and expanded system, including additional stations, park and ride facilities, and light rail vehicles. Originally constructed in 1873 as a narrow-gauge single-track coal line, the 5.2-mile Overbrook Line section was closed more than 10 years ago due to its deteriorating condition.
According to the ESWP, the Light Rail Transit System Project enhances patron safety, provides parking and passenger interfaces to enhance ridership, and decreases the overall downtown commute time for many of the system’s 24,000 daily light rail transit patrons.
“Gannett Fleming is delighted to have teamed with the firm DMJM+Harris to provide the full spectrum of construction management services on this project, from constructability reviews during the project’s design phase, through construction inspection, to operational start-up,” stated Michael A. MacAllister, P.E., Stage II project manager. “This successful project provides the South Hills communities with a faster and safer light rail transit line to downtown Pittsburgh, improving the vitality of the entire metropolitan area.”