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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 1, 2022

Press release

Mayor Ed Gainey and Councilman Corey O’Connor announce bill to create Commission on Infrastructure Reporting and Investments

PITTSBURG – Mayor Ed Gainey and Councilman Corey O’Connor announced a bill to create the Infrastructure Reporting and Investment Commission, which will provide advice on best practices in short- and long-term investment. term in the maintenance and improvement of the main infrastructure assets maintained by the City. The Commission will also provide City Council and administration policy and budget recommendations on City-maintained infrastructure and future infrastructure projects and investments.

The Commission will consist of 15 members, including City officials, union representatives, construction industry representatives and City residents with qualifications and experience relevant to construction and/or construction. infrastructure maintenance.

“The collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge has prompted my administration to take swift action to ensure adequate investment in our city’s infrastructure,” said Mayor Gainey. “This legislation will allow us to implement best practices for the long-term maintenance of our critical assets and provide greater transparency to the public. I thank Councilman O’Connor for partnering with my administration on this issue and I look forward to working with City Council to move this important legislation forward.

The legislation was also accompanied by an order to amend the current municipal code and establish regular update reports on the portfolio of major infrastructure maintained by the city such as bridges, tunnels and other infrastructure. The reports will be drawn up by the Department of Mobility and Infrastructures and will be easily accessible to the public via a website created in collaboration with the Department of Innovation and Performance.

Both bills were introduced by Councilman Corey O’Connor.

“Public infrastructure is essential to the health and well-being of our communities, and I am proud to present these reforms in partnership with the Mayor’s office,” said Councilman Corey O’Connor. “These bills make the process of maintaining and improving our infrastructure more transparent. To ensure Pittsburghers get to where they need to go safely, this legislation will also bring experts to the table to provide advice on our immediate infrastructure needs and prioritize long-term strategic investments.

Legislation to establish the commission and regular reports on the infrastructure update are expected to be discussed at the Council’s Standing Committee meeting on February 9.

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