Thomas & McPherson Stormwater Project

In Construction Stormwater

We are building cost-effective and efficient stormwater solutions in this area of North Point Breeze to capture, hold, and slowly release stormwater runoff.

Progress & Status

Construction Complete

This area flows to the A-42 Sewershed; one of the largest sewersheds and highest combined sewer overflow contributors in Pittsburgh to the rivers. This project aims to manage runoff from 12 impervious acres in the surrounding area.

Stormwater Solutions

  • Gravel stormwater storage under the center medians of Thomas and McPherson Boulevards
  • Permeable paver parking lanes along North Linden Avenue with underground gravel stormwater storage
  • Gravel stormwater storage under the road along North Dallas Avenue
  • Permeable paver "green alley" with underground gravel stormwater storage in Starling Way

Water Main Improvements

  • Replace the existing water mains along McPherson Boulevard between Fifth Avenue and North Dallas Avenue and along North Linden Avenue between McPherson Boulevard and Thomas Boulevard.
  • Also replace all public service lines and any private lead service lines connected to those water mains.
  • By coordinating the stormwater, water main replacement, and lead service line replacement projects, we will minimize disruptions and more efficiently manage costs.

Starling Way Construction

  • A 24/7 road closure on Starling Way between N Dallas Ave and N Murtland St started Thursday, June 2, 2022 and is expected to last through the first week of October 2022. 
  • Since vehicles are not able to access driveways and garages on Starling Way during construction, please park all vehicles on neighboring streets. 
  • Residential trash and recycling pickup on Starling Way has been temporarily moved to Thomas Blvd, McPherson Blvd, and N Murtland St. Please place trash and recycling at the curb along your front street.

Construction Updates*

  • Week of Oct 3 
    • McPherson Blvd inbound lane from Fifth Ave to N Linden Ave closed 24/7. Continue restoration.
    • McPherson Blvd between N Linden Ave to N Dallas Ave closed 24/7. Continue restoration.
    • Starling Way from N Dallas Ave to N Murtland St closed 24/7. Expect to finish installing permeable pavers, finish restoration, then re-open the alleyway to traffic.
    • N Dallas Ave from Thomas Blvd to McPherson Blvd closed 24/7. Expect to work on restoration.

*Schedule could change due to weather, unforeseen site conditions, etc.

Financial Partners

  • This project is partially funded by ALCOSAN’s GROW grant program.

Additional Information:

Locations & Schedule

Location Details:
6700-6800 Thomas and McPherson boulevards, North Linden and North Dallas avenues from McPherson to Thomas boulevards, and Starling Way

Start Date: Design: January 2019. Construction on Thomas Boulevard: August 2021. Rest of Construction: March 2022

Completion Date: Design: Fall 2020. Construction on Thomas Boulevard: December 2021. Rest of Construction: End of 2022.

Work Schedule: Usually 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday (Saturdays possible)

Traffic Patterns: Traffic signs and detours posted, with flaggers on site during active construction. Streets closed during active construction and closed 24/7 as needed for safety

Map of Thomas and McPherson Stormwater Project in North Point Breeze

Thomas Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
United States

Project Contacts

If you have questions about the overall project, please contact Public Affairs

Education and Outreach Associate :
Elaine Hinrichs

If you have questions about the stormwater project, please contact the Stormwater Project Manager

Project Manager :
Ana Bennett
412-885-8800 ext. 8035

If you have questions about lead line replacements, please contact PWSA Lead Help

Lead Help