$142 million federal grant will help reduce traffic, accidents on I-376, says Buttigieg

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was in Pittsburgh Friday to tout a $142 million federal investment in I-376, including money to prevent flooding near downtown Pittsburgh, in what has become known as “the bathtub” section of the interstate. During major storms the Monongahela River can flood up to 600 yards of the span of I-376…

Buttigieg’s trip to Pittsburgh also included a morning stop at Carnegie Mellon University where he spoke with students studying in Safety 21, a CMU-based collaboration with five other universities funded by the Department of Transportation that is devoted to transportation safety issues. He answered questions about a range of issues, including the impact of autonomous vehicles, equity in bridge construction and new safety regulations at Boeing…

“And to anybody who thinks things like sidewalks or bike infrastructure is just ornamental or nice to have, I want to stress they are an investment in safety as we combat the crisis of roadway deaths in this country,” Buttigieg said. Earlier in the day at CMU, Buttigieg emphasized how even a 1% decrease in road fatalities across the country would be the equivalent of preventing one or two Boeing 737s from crashing.

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