Pay the bridge troll
The 40th street bridge is maintained by the City of Pittsburgh, the Borough of Millvale, and Penndot. Alas, the three have a hard time sharing! Sidewalk maintenance is left to those of us who use the bridge regularly. It's legal for cyclists to cross the bridge in the lanes with traffic, but it can be a rather scary and dangerous crossing. More often, we use the sidewalks; as do countless pedestrians and dogs. I'm hoping to raise money to fund my regular sidewalk maintenance! My plan is to visit the bridge with the necessary tools to clean up trash and debris (and unclog drainage holes) at least once a week. I've been doing this sporadically for the last year, but I'd like to make it a more regular part of my week. I also occasionally take my bike trailer of tools to clean up the north shore trail as well! The money I raise will help pay for garbage bags, rock salt, a new broom and snow shovel, work gloves, and help pay for the time I spend out there. I'd like to keep this simple and do the work unaffiliated with an existing volunteer organization, and I'm hoping some folks who also use the bridge will find it worthwhile to fund my efforts!+ Read More
swept broken glass and litter, emptied both garbage cans.
Garbage cans are still being emptied and litter picked up on a weekly to bi-weekly basis. I apologise for the infrequent updates!
emptied both cans and cleared trash and debris from both sidewalks with the help of a friend. bicycle is out of commission, so we walked the garbage cans.
drained the water from the garbage can, then emptied the trash. I'm planning to get new cans with lids, and new chains and locks, to prevent the nasty rainwater/trash/poo buildup. swept a significant amount of glass from both sides of the bridge. spoke again with public works, who seem to think they are powerless to do this work themselves, but think I'm a real sweetheart nonetheless. extremely helpful.