Downtown Pittsburgh planning public art, lighting and landscaping for Liberty Avenue

August 20, 2018 GMT

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership has started a new phase of street enhancements for pedestrians that will include a sidewalk extension, lighting, public art and landscaping in the 900 block of Liberty Avenue, Downtown.

The project on the north side of the street, dubbed Life on Liberty, will include large concrete blocks to showcase the area and provide space for flowers and other plantings. The area will be illuminated with custom lighting and include a mural on the street.

Workers have started installing the blocks and soil for planting. The Downtown Partnership said the project should be finished by early September.


“We believe these enhancements will make for a much safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone who uses Liberty Avenue and will support the small businesses and cultural assets that are located along this corridor,” PDP President and CEO Jeremy Waldrup said in a statement.

The PDP and Mayor Bill Peduto’s office began a joint venture last year to improve a six-block section of Liberty Avenue for pedestrians and transit riders. Work so far has included a red painted bus-only lane near the August Wilson Center, relocating a bus stop, a large rubber “bumpout” where riders can wait for buses, a sidewalk “greenhouse Spark parklet” outside of Bae Bae’s Kitchen and a lighted public art installation along Garrison Place off of Liberty.