Stadium authority could hire consultant to study, help improve North Shore traffic

Anyone who has tried to get out of the gridlock that is the North Shore after a Steelers game knows that traffic conditions could be improved, to put it mildly.

Some help — or at least study — may be on the way.

Pittsburgh’s stadium authority is expected to vote Thursday on whether to hire a consultant to study how to cut traffic times and vehicle stops and emissions on the North Shore and surrounding neighborhoods during big events and everyday commutes, according to an announcement from Mayor Bill Peduto’s office.

Rapid Flow Technologies will be paid $25,000 to study traffic flows at 28 intersections to determine whether a technology developed through Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 research initiative would help to ease congestion.

The technology, called Surtrac, adjusts traffic signals to take into account conditions at any given time, whether it’s a crowd spilling out from a Steelers or Pirates game, an accident or a breakdown.

Read more from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.