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City Of Pittsburgh Announces Urban Connector Project

PITTSBURGH (KDKA)-- An urban area with all the eco-friendly amenities you need are in the works as the city breaks ground of the I-579 Cap Project.

The ceremonial break ground kicked off at PPG Arena West Lot, revealing what to expect when construction is finished.

High ranking PA officials expect to reconnect Downtown and the Hill District to reflect growth in Allegheny county.

"The Cap will be transformative by removing a physical barrier and re-establishing connectivity to centers of employment, education, and services in Downtown," states Pittsburgh's Sports & Exhibition Authority.

The project will cost an estimated $32 million, receiving funding from Pennsylvania Commonwealth -- including a $19 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

"We are proud to have been partners on this project at the state, and to provide funding to propel this important project forward," said State Senator Jay Costa, Jr.

The Cap will encompass Washington Place, Centre Avenue, Chatham Street, Bigelow Boulevard and other surrounding areas.

"[It] will be a great community amenity as well. Construction on the Cap and the adjacent redevelopment will make this part of our city more walkable, more livable, and more sustainable," said Congressman Doyle.

The contemporary three-arced greenspace will feature accessible walkways, bike lanes, murals from local artists, lower ambient temperatures and rain gardens for stormwater management.

It will also include more housing, offices, retail/entertainment, and hotels.

Work will begin at the end of June 2019.

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