Greenfield Bridge To Close for Maintenance … About 30 Days

Greenfield Bridge lane restriction to install the pedestrian railings, late March 2018
Greenfield Bridge with lane restriction in March 2018

In a flash from the past, the Greenfield Bridge will completely close for maintenance related to its original construction. The closure will begin on Monday, 21 September 2020 at 7:00am and last approximately 30 days.

Here’s the press release from the City of Pittsburgh’s Dept of Mobility and Infrastructure. (Emphasis added.)

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 15, 2020) The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) will implement a full closure of the Greenfield Bridge between Schenley Park and the Greenfield neighborhood starting at 7:00 a.m., Monday, September 21, 2020.  


Mosites Construction Company, the contractor who built the bridge, will be addressing several outstanding issues that will ensure the longevity of the structure. The concrete deck surface will be milled and overlaid with a 1-1/4” thick concrete wearing surface meant to ensure water does not permeate into the deck. Also, the protective coating on the east bridge barrier will be replaced to address flaking and peeling that has been observed.  


This work will take approximately 30 days during which time the bridge will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic.  Traffic will be detoured via Beechwood Boulevard, Forward Avenue, Murray Avenue and Beacon Street. There should be no impact to travel on I-376 below.


For more information on this project, please contact DOMI’s Eric Setzler at eric.setzler@pittsburghpa.gov

— press release from City of Pittsburgh DOMI, 15 September 2020

They are replacing the deck because, according to the Post-Gazette there is material defect and some voids in the surface that will allow water to get into the concrete and crack the deck. These defects were noted during final inspection before the bridge opened in 2017. This did not delay the opening and is being addressed by Mosites now at no charge.


Garbage Olympics and upcoming events

Even in the time of COVID-19 Greenfield works at sprucing up — with masks and social distancing, of course.

The GCA Public Spaces Committee has three events coming up this fall. Don’t miss them!

SATURDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2020 is the Garbage Olympics.  Meet at Magee Field at 8:30.  We will pick up litter from 9 to 11. Our team name in this event is “Greenfield Garbage Brigade.”

SATURDAY, 17 OCTOBER 2020: We’ll prepare the Irvine Street garden for fall by removing the flowers and plastic.

SATURDAY, 24 OCTOBER 2020: Prepare the Ronald Street garden for fall. Removal of flowers.


Thank You, Kimicata Brothers Landscaping

Greenfield Portal, Landscape maintenance by Kimicata Brothers Landscaping

Ten years ago the Greenfield community embarked on a redesign of the Beechwood Boulevard/Ronald/Algers Street neighborhood portal. This wide intersection was first designed for a sign and landscaping in the 1980’s as part of a neighborhood wide public relations effort to raise the image and profile of Greenfield and market the neighborhood to passing commuters.  The sign was fabricated by neighborhood woodworkers.  The landscaping was installed and maintained by Kimicata Brothers Landscaping, a Greenfield/Hazelwood based landscaping firm serving the community since 1929.

The new 2012 design addressed the deteriorated condition of the existing portal.  The design included a new welcoming sign embedded in a lush landscaping of annuals, grasses and perennials.  The key to the success of any landscape installation is maintenance — spring and fall planting preparations, and summer weeding and watering.  Greenfield was fortunate to have Paul Kimicata recommit his expertise and resources to the pro bono maintenance of the new landscaping.  

The Greenfield neighborhood appreciates this commitment and thanks Paul and Kimicata Brothers Landscaping for their continued dedication to the Greenfield neighborhood. The planting bed looks as good today as it did the first day thanks to the work of Paul’s employees.

Thank you to …

Kimicata Brothers Landscaping, Design-Build-Maintenance & Irrigation Experts


#TOGETHERAPARTPGH Virtual 5K Race: July 15 – August 15

Lace up your running shoes and get ready to take part in Pittsburgh’s newest outdoor adventure!

#TOGETHERAPARTPGH VIRTUAL 5K will showcase Pittsburgh’s scenic parks and diverse neighborhoods by bringing together five beloved community footraces — the Brookline Breeze, Greenfield Glide, Historic Hill 5K, Regent Square’s Run Around the Square, and Riverview Park 5K – in an exciting new format.

Run a 5K course – either a traditional course or one you develop yourself – during “Race Month” of July 15 – August 15. Then report your time and receive a commemorative race shirt via mail.

Registration for this new virtual race is $15/person. All proceeds will support the same communities that traditionally benefit from the City of Pittsburgh’s community footrace series.

Register today at www.pittsburghpa.gov/events.


Ronald Street Garden Ready for “Green Phase”

Thanks to GCA’s Public Spaces Committee the Ronald Street Garden is green and ready to bloom just in time for the COVID-19 GREEN phase beginning tomorrow, 5 June 2020, in Allegheny County.

Volunteers prepared the garden last weekend while practicing social distancing. What a great job they did!

A big Thank You to everyone involved.

(photos from David Cashmere)

(*) WTAE explains the Green Phase here.)


Pumphouse Garden is Ready For Spring

From David Cashmere, GCA Public Spaces Committee:

Sunday 17 May 2020:

Yesterday’s gardening effort at the Pumphouse was fantastic and all went smoothly as we worked in three major waves of volunteers.

Thank you to the Conservancy staff for keeping things moving & ensuring all the gardens in Pittsburgh are being planted! Also … and most importantly thank you so much to all of you who came out yesterday! It was laid out well for us to work together & I must say I enjoyed seeing this “outside synergy”!

From the early risers to our final phase clean up folks – you were all amazing – so everyone here please enjoy the image of our final product. As you’ll see it’s perfect and ready to bloom for the seasons.

Covid-19 cannot stop GCA-Public-Spaces & Spring!!!


Give Help, Get Help: COVID-19 Buddies

Grocery helper (clipart from kindpng.com)

Here are ways that you can give help to those who are homebound -or- get help if you cannot go out during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Give Help:
    • Pittsburgh Cares COVID-19 is looking for volunteers to help those who need a “buddy” to run errands, share news, check in, etc. Visit the Pittsburgh Cares Buddy Form or email info@pittsburghcares.org, or call 412-471-2114 x200.
    • The JCC continues to contact hundreds of older adults each week through wellness checks. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the Jewish Federation volunteer program at 412-992-5209.
    • JCC Blood Drives continue this month by appointment. Click here for more information on how you can help.
  • Get Help:
    • If you need someone to help you during this time, click on the Pittsburgh Cares Buddy Form and choose “I would like to RECEIVE a buddy (you need the help of a buddy)” at the bottom.
    • The JCC Agewell program is provides lunch to go. Click here for more information.


Spring Clean-up During COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 we will not hold the annual GCA Spring Clean-up.

Instead, the Public Spaces Committee encourages you to pick up litter that you may see on your neighborhood walks.

Areas we typically focus on include:

  • In and around Magee Field
  • Up and down Greenfield Avenue
  • Areas around the basketball courts and playground in The Run

As you are helping beautify our neighborhood, please remember to follow social distancing and hand washing guidelines!


The Great 2020 Quarantine Greenfield Family Scavenger Hunt!

Need to get out of the house while you’re social distancing and looking for something fun to do with the family? Search the neighborhood for fun window decorations. Get the list at this link!

Want to join in on the fun? Add your house to the Google sheet directly (at the link), or email Colleen at coleenlibertz@gmail.com.