Two-way traffic on Chartiers Avenue in McKees Rocks’ business corridor is expected to be restored Saturday, for the first time in nearly 30 years, said Jeb Feldman, manager of economic development for the McKees Rocks Community Development Corp.
With the change on Chartiers Avenue, part of state Route 51, the 17,000 vehicles that travel the corridor daily will be redirected past local businesses. This is expected to help economic development in the borough, development corporation officials said Thursday.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at Hollowood Music & Sound, 601 Chartiers Ave.
The split flow of Chartiers Avenue has impeded development and pedestrian safety, created high-speed traffic through the business district and moved inbound downtown Pittsburgh traffic behind local businesses onto Furnace Street, officials said.
The borough secured $117,338 through PennDOT’s Automated Red Light Enforcement program to fund the conversion of lower Chartiers back to two-way traffic.
Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.