The public is invited to join a brainstorming workshop to help come up with ways to improve the Ohio River Boulevard corridor, also known as Route 65.
An information-gathering workshop is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 in Hansen Library at Sewickley Academy.
Participants will break into small groups and spend the time interacting with a facilitator.
Edgeworth Manager Marty McDaniel said the groups will look at various ways to improve the heavily-traveled corridor, focusing on everything from landscaping to new signage and matching fencing.
“We don’t have the answers. This is to be determined,” McDaniel said.
A $20,000 matching state grant is funding the feasibility study and project consultant Environmental Planning and Design of Pittsburgh.
The “Ohio River Boulevard Corridor Enhancement Study” will focus on the boulevard from the intersection of Village Drive at Quaker Village Shopping Center in Edgeworth to the intersection of Boundary Street in Sewickley.
McDaniel said the two boroughs are attractive, but cars passing through on Route 65 aren’t necessarily seeing in town. McDaniel said the hope is that a vision will come about that can be implemented.
Focuses are to:
Improve general aesthetics and enhance the landscape quality of the corridor
Provide mobility and promote safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and walkers
Promote river access and recreational areas
Preserve historic features and enhance the business areas
Protect and enhance natural resources
Provide a plan to preserve community character
Have an idea?
Anyone with ideas now should not wait to share them. Ideas can be emailed to EPD at firstname.lastname@example.org and will be incorporated into the planning process. Reference “Ohio River Boulevard Enhancements” on the subject line of any e-mails.
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