Neighborhood Developments

Swinburne Bridge Replacement Project

Project Background

The City of Pittsburgh, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), is advancing the Swinburne Bridge replacement project.

The bridge functions as a critical link between Four Mile Run, South Oakland, Greenfield, Hazelwood, and downtown. It weaves beneath the I-376 Frazier St Viaduct and over CSX/Allegheny Valley railroad, Saline St, serving as a gateway to Four Mile Run.

The current Swinburne bridge, built in 1915, consists of six deck- and thru-girder spans on steel bent towers. While novel for its day, it lacks modern principles of bridge design which provide increased redundancy and decreases future maintenance needs. Preliminary engineering is currently underway on the design of a complete reconstruction of the bridge.

Preliminary engineering focuses on mapping out and defining the scope of the project as well as the early design of how to take the project from A-to-Z. The design team has been focusing on how to minimize impacts to those who rely on crossing the bridge daily or live and work in the vicinity, as well as how to improve usability for future generations of Pittsburghers.

At this time the design team is ready to share preliminary details with the community about the proposed bridge and the construction process. Please check out the presentation from our 6/16/2022 public meeting in the document library, below!

While the engineering will take a couple more years, we aim to provide updates on our progress, what you can expect during construction, and what to look forward to once it’s complete. Questions, comments, and feedback can be submitted at the bottom of this page.

Public Meeting #1

To allow for improved response time and attendance at the first Public Meeting, the meeting previously scheduled for June 16 has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 14th at 6:30 PM accessible via Zoom (audio and visual) or telephone (audio only).

Date: July 14, 2022

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 843 9216 7004

Passcode: 810844

Or if you choose to listen via telephone:

Dial-in: (301) 715-8592

Meeting ID: 843 9216 7004

Request Better Bus Service

Hello Greenfield! Please take 2 MINUTES to help your bus riding neighbors!

As you may know, the 58 is the only bus we have to get to and from Downtown. It only runs every half hour at peak times and every 50 minutes otherwise. This often means delays and over-crowded buses that simply pass Greenfield riders by.

Please request that Port Authority add stops for the 52 and 53L on Greenfield Ave, so our neighbors have more frequent service.


1. Click on:

2. Select: “Change to Existing Service”

3. Paste the following text (edit as you like):

Dear Port Authority,

I am writing to let you know that Greenfield needs better bus service. We use the 58 bus route regularly to get to and from Downtown, as well as to transfer elsewhere in the transit network. However, the 58 runs infrequently, with only one bus every 30 minutes at peak times, and one bus every 50 minutes during off-peak hours. During rush hour, buses are often crowded, with standing room only. Many riders have had the 58 pass them by due to overcrowding or not show up altogether for scheduled times – leaving them stranded or having to use expensive ride-hailing services to get to and from critical destinations.

We are requesting that the following stops be add to the 52 and 53 L routes so that our community can have additional transit service to Downtown and back.

  • Lydia Street & Greenfield Ave
  • Greenfield/Saline/Irvine (under railroad trestle)

As riders, it is disheartening to watch buses passing by us by, knowing that they are going to the same destination we are headed to. This could be remedied by simply adding a sticker to the existing bus stops, and would vastly improve the lives and the efficacy of public transit in our community.

We look forward to hearing from you about this request.

Thank you.

4. Enter your contact info, and click SUBMIT.

Welcome the 2020 GCA Board

Greenfield Community Association’s 2020 Board begins its work this month at the February meeting. Let’s welcome these new and/or returning Board members. See their bios here.

  • Kristi Heidel
  • Joe Pegher
  • Jesse Sharrard
  • Phyllis Cox
  • David Cashmere
  • Ed Goyda
  • Brittany Banks
  • Matt Mahoney
  • Andrea Youngo
  • Ben Anglin
  • Jesse Exilus
  • Barb Warwick
  • Christa Jones

Swinburne Street Closing for 5 Months

Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure announced last week that Swinburne Street will be closed for about five months as the city conducts repairs related to landslides.

The $630,000 project will begin during the week of 21 October 2019. Traffic will be closed in both directions between Greenfield Avenue and Edgehill Street/Childs Street on the Greenfield-South Oakland border.

Detours will be marked. Access to the Sestili Nursery will be available.

The project will include the construction of a wall and soil stabilization.

Bus Rapid Transit Survey: Station Design

The BRT Project Team(*) is working on a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to create a fast, frequent, bus service linking Pittsburgh’s Downtown, Uptown, Oakland and East End neighborhoods.

Now that the major aspects of the project are set, they are ready to focus attention on bus station design and they would like our feedback. The project teamasks:

Please take a few minutes to give us your thoughts on BRT station design before November 4 by completing this survey:
Please share this link with others – the more feedback we get the better! We hope to have a couple BRT station design concepts for public review next year based on your input.

For more information on the BRT project, visit

(*) The BRT Project Team includes: Port Authority of Allegheny County, Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.

Anderson Bridge: Your Feedback Requested

Charles Anderson Bridge carries Boulevard of the Allies over Junction Hollow from Oakland to Schenley Park (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

The Charles Anderson Memorial Bridge carries the Boulevard of the Allies over Junction Hollow from Oakland to Schenley Park near Anderson Playground.

The Anderson Bridge is in very bad shape(*) and is slated for major replacement/repair in the next five years. This replacement/repair may be as big as the Greenfield Bridge Project. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, project consultants at are gathering community feedback and urge you to take their survey:

We want your opinion about the Charles Anderson Memorial Bridge Project.
Please help us better understand the community and stakeholder needs and interests that are related to the bridge. Feel free to widely share this survey.
We appreciate your feedback! Take the survey here:
Cutoff date for completion is on or before October 15, 2019.

(*) p.s. from the GCA Webmaster: If you don’t realize that the Anderson Bridge is in bad shape, take a walk underneath it in Junction Hollow to see the rust.

Traffic Circle Proposed for Irvine-2nd Ave Intersection

Traffic Circle proposal as part of State Route 885/Second Avenue Corridor Study (Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission)

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) has been conducting a traffic corridor study of State Route 885/Second Avenue for at least six months. Their public meeting, held in The Run on 25 July 2019, requested comments on the most recent draft proposal.

Of interest to Greenfielders is the proposed double traffic circle, shown above, that would connect Second Avenue, Hazewood Green, Saline Street, Greenfield Avenue, and Irvine Street.

To learn more about the traffic circle and see/download the full proposal, visit SPC’s July 25 Public Meeting Report at this link.