Updated May 19, 2019 09:12:08 The Pittsburgh region has spent the last two months repairing roads, bridges and streets damaged in a devastating natural disaster, but many of those efforts will be done without a big, shiny paint job.
The region’s top-rated local television station, WTAE, reports that about $300 million has been spent on repairing and rehabilitating roads and other public works since the city was hit with a severe wildfire last November.WTAE has been the anchor of the Pittsburgh region since it launched in 1999, but the region’s economic fortunes have improved in recent years.
That has made it more attractive to attract people and companies to Pittsburgh, which has the fourth-largest economy in the nation.WGAX-TV reports that the Pittsburgh area is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the country.
WTAX-tv has been a mainstay of the local TV market for more than a decade, but WGAX has been more popular with advertisers in recent months, including Walmart, McDonald’s and Target.
The area’s mayor, Bill Peduto, told the Associated Press that the region was on the verge of being back on its feet.
“This is the most dramatic event in our history,” Peduto said.
“We’re on our way.
It’s a miracle.”
The region was hit hard by the fires and the cleanup efforts that have been ongoing since.
The National Guard was deployed to help with recovery efforts, but residents had to leave.
WGAE reported that the area has received more than $200 million in federal and state aid.
The federal government announced in December that it was donating $300,000 in the form of a grant to help rebuild and rebuild the area.