Overnight Armstrong Tunnel Closures Begin Today for Tunnel Inspection
The Department of Public Works announced today that inspections of the Armstrong Tunnel will begin Monday, February 6, 2017 and continue through Thursday, February 23, 2017 requiring periodic overnight closures and detoured traffic.
The inbound Armstrong Tunnel will be closed overnight, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., on February 6, 7, 8, 21, 22 and 23. The outbound Armstrong Tunnel will be closed overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on February 9, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. At no time will both inbound and outbound be closed.
Traffic will be detoured using Forbes Avenue, Ross Street and Second Avenue.
Dates and times are dependent on the weather, as well as the inspection, and any changes to this schedule will be publicly announced.

Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Housing Authority, and the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority today announced the opening application period for the second cycle of the PGH Lab program. 
 
PGH Lab is a program designed to connect local startup companies with the City of Pittsburgh to explore new ways to use technology and new services to make local government more efficient, transparent, sustainable and inclusive. The program gives the companies an opportunity to beta test their products and gain valuable feedback. During the pilot period startups will be connected with a “city champion” that will guide them through the 3- 4-month pilot period. 
 

Find year-round events for fun, entertaining and engaging things to do in the greater Pittsburgh Area.
Having fun doesn’t have to empty your wallet! Many of Pittsburgh’s annual events are free, family friendly and deliver a unique experience.
A sampling of ongoing and upcoming events and places to visit: 
Check out their website for the complete list and links to respective sites.
 
Also check out the list of great family adventures in Pittsburgh this month from NEXTPittsburgh Inline image 1
  • Hervé Tullet exhibit at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh: Now-February 26
  • Party in the Tropics at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: February 3, 7—11 p.m
  • The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh: January 26—February 4
  • The Addams Family at Shady Side Academy: February 10-12
  • Ice skating with BikePGH at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex: February 12
  • Valentine’s Day and Ginger Whiskey Weekend at Wigle Whiskey: February 14, 17, 18, 19
  • Award-winning acrobatics group Galumpha at various venues: February 14-19
  • The Harry Potter Film and Cultural Festival at Row House Cinema: February 17-March 2
  • Firelei Báez: Bloodlines at The Andy Warhol Museum: February 17–May 21
  • Tropical Forest Congo Festival at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: February 18
  • Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center: February 24 & 25

Recently, Pittsburgh City Council has adopted a Complete Streets Policy. As a part of that policy, a Complete Streets Advisory Board will be formed to advise the City on best practices and projects for more bike-friendly and walkable streets.
More information on the new policy can be found here
 
On the Advisory Board will be 4 resident representatives. The Department of City Planning is accepting applications for resident representatives.
The application can be found here. 
 

The next PLI Community forum will be on Wednesday February 8th, 2017 at 9am
1st Floor Conference Room, 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219
 
The topic will focused on trade licenses such as general contractors, Electricians, HVAC technicians, Sign Contractors, and Stationary Engineers. Our Business Administrator Nereida Polanco will be joining the discussion.
For more information, visit the PLI license website
 
For checklists, bulletins, code interpretations, permit applications, license applications, and other information, please visit the PLI website
 
To view a building permit application status, code enforcement violations, and valid licenses, visit buildingeye.

The 'Burgh is "America's Most Underrated City–and for good reason. It's not the first thing you think of when dreaming of a weekend getaway, innovative food scene or art hub, but it delivers on all accounts in droves."
They mention Pittsburgh as the birthplace of Andy Warhol but not specifically South Oakland.  But we know!

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If you know anyone currently or planning to commute to Oakland, please print out the attached flyer and/or pass along the info below.

CommuteInfo Wants You to be part of a New Vanpool from Evans City Area to Oakland 
 
A new vanpool group is trying to form from Evans City/Cranberry to Oakland. 
 
What you need to know:
  • Someone already has volunteered to take on the role of Coordinator
  • At least 7 additional people need to say they want to be part of this group 
  • At least 2 people would have to be willing to be drivers, others to help with data collection, or taking the vehicle in for service
  • The group would arrive to Oakland for an 8 AM start time, and leave at 4:30 PM.
  • Exact pick-up locations would be decided by the group
The estimated cost would be about $100 per person per month (assuming 8 riders – the cost would go down if there were more riders). This cost includes the vehicle, the maintenance, driver checks, insurance and parking (donated by the University of Pittsburgh). 
 
From the time of the group’s commitment, it usually takes 4 weeks to get started. 
 
For more information, email CommuteInfo@spcregion.org or call the phone number on the flyer above.

Find year-round events for fun, entertaining and engaging things to do in the greater Pittsburgh Area.
Having fun doesn’t have to empty your wallet! Many of Pittsburgh’s annual events are free, family friendly and deliver a unique experience.
A sampling of ongoing and upcoming events and places to visit:
Check out their website for the complete list and links to respective sites.
 
Also check out the list of great family adventures in Pittsburgh this month from NEXTPittsburgh 
  • Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps: Nov 25 – Jan 8
  • Pittsburgh Restaurant Week: January 9—15
  • Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District: January 20
  • The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh: January 26—February 4
  • Imbibe Northside at the Mattress Factory: January 28
  • Multiple Choice Hip-Hop at the August Wilson Center: January 29

The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that there will not be any refuse, bulk waste or recycling collection on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 in observance of Christmas and on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in observance of New Year's Day. 
 
City of Pittsburgh offices will also be closed on both days. 
 
The Holiday Refuse Collection schedule will proceed as follows:  
Normal collection day for Tuesday, Dec. 27 changed to Wednesday, Dec. 28.
And collection day for Tuesday, Jan. 3 changed to Wednesday, Jan. 4. 
 
If you should have any questions concerning your collection, you may contact Environmental Services at (412) 255-2773. 
 
Citiparks 
 
The following Citiparks facilities will adjust operating hours in observance of the Christmas holiday by closing at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, and remaining closed on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25: 
  • Mellon Park Tennis Center
  • Schenley Park Skating Rink
  • Oliver Bath House indoor swimming pool
Citiparks' 10 community recreation centers and 14 Healthy Active Living senior centers will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 26. Recreation Centers will operate under a holiday schedule of 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. from Dec. 27 – 30. 
 
For information concerning Citiparks programs and services, visit www.Citiparks.net
 
SCHENLEY SKATING RINK HOLIDAY SCHEDULE 
 
The Schenley Park Skating Rink will offer additional skating sessions Dec. 26 – 30. A complete holiday schedule can be found here: http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/Christmas_–_Schenley_Rink.pdf    

The public is invited to an online public meeting to review the Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force's final testing policy in an online public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. 
 
The public is encouraged to review the policy (PDF) and is welcome to ask questions of the panelists during the online meeting. Email questions to penndotav@pa.gov
 
The guidance is the result of months of collaboration among state, federal, and private-industry officials — such as the Federal Highway Administration, AAA, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and General Motors — in the Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force
 
To read more about the Public Meeting, click here.  

I-376 East (Parkway East) inbound and outbound lanes will be closed to all traffic starting Saturday, December 10, at 3:00 a.m. until Monday, December 12, at 6:00 a.m. 
 
This weekend will mark the final full closure of the Parkway East for the Beechwood Boulevard (Greenfield) Bridge project. Mosites made significant progress during the last closure. This closure is needed to finish tightening all the connections of the steel and complete the installation of metal decking on the new superstructure. 
 
Posted detours will follow the same routes and patterns as previous Parkway East closures that took place during the bridge implosion in December 2015. Signage will be provided to direct motorists. Maps of the official detours are available here: Eastbound Detour Map ; Westbound Detour Map.     
 

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy December 2016 Highlights
  • ​​Schenley Park Volunteer Sweep | December 10
  • Hike With A Naturalist: Leaf Litter Exploration | December 10
  • Frick Environmental Center Discovery: Animal Signs | December 11
  • Citiparks' Skate with Santa | December 11
  • Frick Environmental Center Docent Training | December 12
  • Hike With A Naturalist: Animal Signs | December 17
  • Hike With A Naturalist: Winter Tree ID | December 18
  • Wine and Grapevines: Wreath Making Workshop | December 22
  • Christmas Eve Hike | December 24

Find year-round events for fun, entertaining and engaging things to do in the greater Pittsburgh Area.
Having fun doesn’t have to empty your wallet! Many of Pittsburgh’s annual events are free, family friendly and deliver a unique experience.
A sampling of ongoing and upcoming events and places to visit:
Check out their website for the complete list and links to respective sites.
http://www.visitpittsburgh.com/events-festivals/free-events/
Also check out the list of great family adventures in Pittsburgh this month from NEXTPittsburghInlineInline image 1
  • Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps: Nov 25 – Jan 8
  • Hands-on Handmade at Handmade Arcade: December 3 at DL Convention Ctr
  • Krampusnacht at Market Square: December 5
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol Pajama Party at Row House Cinema: December 20
  • Holiday walks with Venture Outdoors: December 1, 17
Beginning January 1, 2017, Port Authority will eliminate its two-zone fare system and instate a single-zone system in which all riders will pay $2.50 with a ConnectCard. Riders paying with cash will pay $2.75. 
 
Transfers for riders paying with a ConnectCard will remain $1. There will be no transfers for riders paying with cash; riders paying with cash will need to pay an additional $2.75 for their connecting trip. 
 
Port Authority will eliminate the Downtown free bus zone. 
 
To learn more about additional changes coming, click here.    

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority Announces Free Holiday Parking 
 
1 – FREE Holiday Parking at ALL Parking Authority Garages on the Following Dates:
Friday, November 25, 2016 (Black Friday); And for Five (5) Saturdays: November 26, December 3, 10, 17 and December 24, 2016.
DOWNTOWN:  Third Avenue- Ninth & Penn- Smithfield Liberty- Oliver- Ft. Duquesne & Sixth Street- Wood Allies- Mellon Square Garage- Grant Street Transportation Center- First Avenue Garage and T Station. 
OAKLAND:  Forbes Semple Garage 
SHADYSIDE:  Shadyside Garage              
2 – FREE Parking in ALL Parking Authority Garages and On-Street Meters for "Small Business Saturday" on Saturday, November 26, 2016.