2008 could have been called the year of the shovel, the bulldozer or the traffic cone.



All would be appropriate titles for a year that saw heavy construction across the city of Pittsburg.  Downtown received a facelift from the Downtown Streetscape project, while Seventh and Joplin streets don’t flood anymore, thanks to a storm sewer project.

2008 could have been called the year of the shovel, the bulldozer or the traffic cone.

All would be appropriate titles for a year that saw heavy construction across the city of Pittsburg.  Downtown received a facelift from the Downtown Streetscape project, while Seventh and Joplin streets don’t flood anymore, thanks to a storm sewer project.

The city performed projects designed to increase safety at Fourth and Rouse and Fourth and Walnut, two of its most dangerous intersections. Both the Pittsburg Public Safety Center and the new Fire Station No. 1 rose from the ground in 2008, while the Pittsburg Public Library roof was patched up.

2009 could also be a big year for construction — the city plans to complete the Streetscape project, the Public Safety Center and fire station and the 23rd Street Improvements project, while moving forward with plans for an $8.5 million renovation to the Water Treatment Plant.

Construction is also scheduled to start on the Besse Hotel and the Washington School, two projects designed to add extra housing to the area, though no dates have been set.

Pittsburg wasn’t the only city to see heavy construction — Frontenac and Arma both improved streets, while Frontenac built a public safety center and renovated City Hall.