Neighbors want Squirrel Hill street fixed



PITTSBURGH - Neighbors say their Pittsburgh street is in such bad condition that they’re taking matters into their own hands.

“We love the area.  We love living here, but it’s truly an eyesore,” said Cecile Shellman who lives on Imperial Street in Squirrel Hill.

Shellman said she and some neighbors went to a home improvement store and got gravel to fix the road in the past.  The gravel washed away, though.

“There is a rusty piece of pipe sticking up out of the street.  I don’t know what it is, but we have had rim and tire damage,” Shellman said.

Shellman said the street also has potholes, and she can’t get answers about what’s happening.

“I would call the response line, and I would be told someone would come out and it would just never happen,” she said.

Channel 11 took Shellman’s concerns to the Mayor’s Office and found out a service request is still listed as scheduled, which means it’s on the list to be evaluated.

More than 500 miles of the city’s 800 miles of asphalt streets are in poor condition, Channel 11’s Vince Sims reported.  The city only has enough money this year to pave 40 miles.

The Public Works will consider the condition of the street and usage, so Shellman’s street may not be high on the priority list.