Officials celebrate landslide remediation investment on Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington

Work on two hillside stabilization projects is set to begin in two southwestern Pittsburgh neighborhoods next month. Along with a third project slated to start later in the year, the work is aimed at stabilizing active landslides in the area to reduce the risk of slope failures. Pittsburgh city officials joined state and federal emergency management agencies on Mount Washington Monday to highlight the need for landslide mitigation…

Pittsburgh’s hilly topography and clay soil has always been prone to landslides. But local officials fear that problem will be exacerbated by climate change and increased rainfall. After a rash of slope failures in 2018, the city has sharpened its focus on preventing landslides, rather than simply responding to them…

Randy Padfield, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, stressed that landslide mediation is “critical” not just for “the individuals that live in those areas that potentially may be impacted [but also for] the rail lines, the routes, the roadways.”

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