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Debris to be cleared fast for roads, parking

Monday, February 12, 2001

By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

The rubble of Three Rivers Stadium will be cleared quickly as the North Shore is transformed to complement the new Steelers stadium and nearby PNC Park.

By the third week of March, officials want three corridors, each 120 feet wide, plowed through the area so roads can be built. The existing General Robinson Street must be extended west through the old stadium site.

By late July, General Robinson will intersect with a new north-south road to be called Steelers Way. It will run just east of the football stadium and connect Reedsdale Street on the north with a realigned North Shore Drive on the south.

Work also must be finished on Allegheny Avenue, which runs between the Steelers stadium and the Carnegie Science Center.

North Shore Drive is getting a new overpass bridge, just south of the Steelers stadium. The shoreline road will be extended east to hook up with another new road being built just west of PNC Park, to be called Avenue of the Pirates.

And Martindale Street, which now ends on Reedsdale Street near the old Clark Candy building, will be extended south to the realigned North Shore Drive.

It's not just roads that have to be built where Three Rivers used to stand.

Asphalt parking lots will be put in over the next three months. They won't be ready for the Pirates home opener April 9, so parking near PNC Park could be a challenge.

A 920-car garage that is almost finished on General Robinson, just east of PNC Park, will help ease the parking shortage.

City officials hope new buildings -- not just parking lots -- eventually will occupy some of the land that used to hold Three Rivers. A five-story office building is planned at the intersection of General Robinson and Federal, just north of PNC Park, but that won't open before summer 2002.

The Sports Authority has turned over to the Pirates and Steelers the right to develop the 25 acres between the two stadiums. Restaurants, taverns, stores, office buildings and hotels are among the things being considered.

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