In early December 2019 we began the construction of two green infrastructure projects that will help to manage stormwater within Four Mile Run. These engineered drainage channels, are being built in Schenley Park along Overlook Drive and next to the Bridle Trail.
Progress & Status
- Part of the larger Four Mile Run Stormwater Project, which encompasses Schenley Park and several Pittsburgh neighborhoods including Greenfield, Hazelwood, Oakland, Squirrel Hill, and the Run.
- Two drainage channels will help to capture rainwater, reduce erosion in the park, and slow down water running from the top of Schenley Park to Naylor Street in the Run.
- Drainage channels, also called detention swales, are shallow ditches with sides sloping towards the center that capture and direct rainwater. They create a path where water can flow.
- Right now, stormwater is mostly unmanaged. It flows off the steep hillside from Overlook Drive to the Bridle Trail below and further downhill, where it causes flooding. It also causes the combined sewer system to overflow into downstream neighborhoods and properties.
For more information about the Four Mile Run Stormwater Project, please visit www.4mr.org.
Locations & Schedule
Overlook Drive and the Bridle Trail in Schenley Park
Start Date: December 2019
Completion Date: Winter 2020
Traffic Patterns: Active road work on Overlook Drive beside Schenley Oval Sportsplex during construction. The road will remain open with flaggers on site. Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians use caution. A portion of the Bridle Trail is closed.