The initial design of the Four Mile Run Stormwater Project encompassed Schenley Park and several Pittsburgh neighborhoods including Greefield, Hazelwood, Oakland, and Squirrel Hill. The project was planned to capture and route stormwater through a natural channel that will follow the path of the historic streams that formed Four Mile Run from Panther Hollow Lake to the Monongahela River. It will help to reduce combined sewer overflows, basement backups, and neighborhood flooding.
Progress & Status
Panther Hollow Lake: Stormwater improvements to Panther Hollow Lake will enable us to manage the depth of the lake and control the volume of water entering the combined sewer system.
Junction Hollow: Stormwater improvements will follow the path of the former Junction Hollow Stream. This portion of the project will channel rainwater, restore streambanks, and plant native and climate tolerant vegetation.
Connection to the River: A deep gravity pipe will be installed to convey stormwater from Schenley Park and the Run Neighborhood to the Monongahela River.
Project Costs: The Four Mile Run Stormwater project uses the most cost-effective strategies to minimize flooding. The total project cost is approximately $42.65 million and includes the following:
|Design, Easement, Permitting, and Modeling Fees||$8.5 million|
|Early Action Projects||$537,000|
|M-29 Outfall Improvement Project||$3.6 million|
|Large Diameter Water Main Relocation||$9 million|
|Stream and Panther Hollow Lake and Dam||$4.5 million|
|Stormwater Pipeline||$13 million|
|Construction Management and Inspection||$2.5 million|
|Future Maintenance and Operation||$1 million|
Past Community Meetings
- October 19, 2021 Community Meeting: Presentation, Recording
- March 30, 2021 Community Meeting: Presentation, Recording, and Summary
- September 15, 2020 Community Meeting: Presentation, Presentation with Animation, Recording, and Summary
- June 18, 2020 Community Meeting: Presentation, Recording, and Summary
- December 9, 2019 Community Meeting: Presentation, Project Boards, and Summary
- September 25, 2019 Early Action Projects Walking Tour: Handout
- June 20, 2019 Community Meeting: Presentation
- November 14, 2018 Community Meeting: Agenda and Discussion Table Posters
- September 17, 2018 Walking Tour and Community Meeting: Walking Tour Handout, Presentation, Project Boards, Cross-Sections, and Area Maps
- As of March 2021, the stormwater project is waiting on final approvals from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Joint Permit Application, the PA DEP Panther Hollow Lake Dam Safety Permit, and the CSX Railroad Permit.
- Trail Maintenance Plan for Construction as of October 2020
- Dam Safety Permit Application and Drawings submitted to the PA DEP on October 21, 2019.
- Preliminary Design Memorandum and Watershed Expansion Memorandum submitted to PWSA by Civil and Environmental Consultants (CEC) on September 4, 2019.
- You can provide comments about this project using our online Project Feedback Form.
Detailed Project Schedule
|Project Phase||Status||Construction Expected|
|Early Action Projects: Overlook and Bridle Trail||Completed||December 2019 - August 2020|
|M-29 Outfall Improvement Project||Completed||June 2021 - June 2022|
|Large Diameter Water Main Relocation||In Design||Spring 2022 - Early 2023|
|Stormwater Phase 1: Mon River to Saline Street||In Design||Mid 2022|
|Stormwater Phase 2: Boundary Street to Soccer Field||In Design||Early 2023|
|Stormwater Phase 3: Stream Daylighting||In Design||Mid 2023|
|Stormwater Phase 4: Connect Panther Hollow||In Design||Early 2024|
|Stormwater Phase 5: Restoration||In Design||2024|