Several measures were adopted in recent weeks by the Pittsburgh City Council which aim to refine the city’s process of reporting, inspecting, and providing funds for its infrastructure needs. The measures come shortly after the collapse of Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh’s Frick Park in January.
According to TribLive:
The first piece of legislation, sponsored by Councilman Corey O’Connor, will require the city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure to produce regular reports on the city’s infrastructure. The information would be publicly available.
The second measure, also sponsored by O’Connor, will create a commission to make recommendations on short- and long-term investments in city-owned infrastructure, including bridges and tunnels. The committee will include city officials, construction industry professionals, organized labor representatives and others.
The third piece of legislation, sponsored by Councilman Ricky Burgess, creates the Joint Pittsburgh Infrastructure Task Force. Its job will be to find new funding to improve the city’s bridges and tunnels, as well as other infrastructure needs.
The measures to create the commission and task force were unanimously approved by all council members present at Tuesday’s meeting. Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle was not present.
The legislation requiring reports on the condition of the city’s infrastructure earned support from seven of the eight members present, with Burgess abstaining.