Monthly Archives: September 2020

Great Day at the Garbage Olympics on Sept 26

29 September 2020

Last Saturday 25 people masked up and turned out in Greenfield for the City’s annual Garbage Olympics. Traveling around the neighborhood they collected 35 bags of garbage.

Sam Algeo found an unusually heavy piece of trash — a broken toilet — and dragged it out of the gully. Good work, Sam!

Fortunately the volunteers were well supplied with sanitary hand wipes.

In the end everyone enjoyed pizza thanks to City Councilman Corey O’Connor who funded the feast from Rialto Pizza.

Thanks to all who helped make the day a success.

Great job, Greenfield!

(photos by David Cashmere)

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

— 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.