As it turns
out, the design for FM radio that is implemented in the Squirrel Hill
tunnel is extremely cost effective. Other parties have approached the
city of Pittsburgh and Penn DOT with offers to do exactly what our
group has done, and they charge upwards of 60 - 80 thousand dollars PER
SIDE of the tunnel. That is 120 - 160 thousand dollars for an entire
tunnel (such as the Squirrel Hill tunnel) to be outfitted with FM
coverage.Our budget was $2,500. And that was simply the cost of
materials. Since the guys that worked in this group gave their time
freely as a community service to the city of Pittsburgh, Penn DOT was
able to design and install FM radio in the tunnels while saving tens of
thousands of dollars!
design is so cost effective, and constructed free for the city of
Pittsburgh -- work is underway to install radio in more of the city
tunnels! Many thanks to the guys that worked up in the tunnels all of
those late nights.
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moment to email us with your questions or comments. We would love to
hear from you.