Location & Travel


NIOSH Safety Research Coal Mine and Experimental Mine
626 Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236

On-site Parking

Each media outlet is permitted to bring one (1) vehicle to NIOSH. Parking passes will be distributed during on-site registration.


The Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is the closest major airport and is about a 40-minute drive to NIOSH. PIT has non-stop service on 16 airlines to various destinations throughout the United States and abroad.

Driving Directions

NIOSH is approximately 11.5 miles south of Pittsburgh. It can be reached by Pennsylvania Route 51 South, Saw Mill Run Boulevard, or Pennsylvania Route 885 South.

Driving from Pittsburgh:

- Take PA-51 S to Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills
- Merge onto PA-51 S/Saw Mill Run Boulevard via the ramp to Uniontown
- Turn right onto Old Clairton Road
- Turn right onto W Bruceton Road
- Turn left onto Cochrans Mill Road
- Destination is on your right


The weather in Pittsburgh during mid-August has an average high of 82°F (28ºC), low of 64°F (18ºC), and averages approximately 2.8 inches of precipitation during the month. The DARPA team will be monitoring weather and may temporarily halt operations due to rain or inclement weather. Participants should be prepared for all types of weather by bringing sun screen, hats, umbrellas, and rain jackets.