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melange396

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Feb 6 2013 at 11:49am #

will the trail be on the tracks side of that fence or the other side?


Mikhail

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Feb 6 2013 at 2:33pm #

@melange396 From what I understood the trail is going to be setween two poles driven into ground — 9th sec of the first video.


melange396

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Feb 6 2013 at 2:42pm #

ah, i see it now. cool!


JustRay

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Feb 6 2013 at 3:23pm #

Wow. That’s gonna make this spring sweet.


rsprake

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Feb 6 2013 at 3:53pm #

The portion that connects Sandcastle to the Steel Valley Trail is complete. They have the sidewalk widened, stop signs, yield signs, paint, etc, all done. It’s a bit of a patch work and I hope that The Waterfront considers continuing that through the entire complex rather than hiding it all on the limestone trail along the river.

Going to be sweet when it’s all done.


pbeaves

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Feb 6 2013 at 4:53pm #

if they manage to stay on schedule it will be ready for Crush The Commonwealth (Apr 19th), so the only off-trail portion (atleast in pgh) will be leaving the point & getting up to grant st. (which is like 5 blocks on the Boulevard of the Allies.)


Pseudacris

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Feb 6 2013 at 4:58pm #

Looks like South Side merchants are getting on board. This should help move things along….

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/morning-file/walkabout-south-siders-want-welcome-mat-out-for-coming-cyclists-673458/


Mick

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Feb 6 2013 at 6:03pm #

@pbeaves if they manage to stay on schedule …

HAHAHAHA


sarapgh2

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Feb 7 2013 at 12:43pm #

paul, I don’t think 4/19 should be considered an “on schedule” completion date. Completion will be completely dependent on the ability to pave those sections. Most years paving season doesn’t start till mid to late march. So May, possibly. April? probably not.


sarapgh2

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Feb 7 2013 at 12:45pm #

and for rsprake, the alignment through the Waterfront is basically done as is. No major plans for any change in routing.


mark

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Feb 7 2013 at 6:33pm #

this is going to make my northside->homestead commute 95% trail. i live one block from the allegheny, if only it were connected through to the point my only road would be 8th ave for 3 blocks.

excited!


bear250220

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Feb 11 2013 at 9:30pm #

yes i dont know how they can say the trail is complete when theres still a gap missing from the point


reddan

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Feb 11 2013 at 10:00pm #

Point->Ft Pitt Bridge->South Side Trail->Smithfield St Bridge->Jail Trail.

No gap, if you don’t mind crossing the river twice.


Vannevar

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Feb 11 2013 at 11:14pm #

Passed through the SC-KeystoneMetals Zone this afternoon. Big things happening and lot of stuff moving around.

Starting at Costco and riding toward HotMetal Bridge, this was the view on the SC roadway. You can see how they’re preparing to move the light pole stanchions (?redundant) to the right to make way for the two-lane road and the bike trail (on the left).

Further along, the fence separating the SC roadway from the parking lots has been torn out, also to make room for shifting the roadway away from the tracks and closer to the river.

Within the SC parking lot, the trail-way has been cleared out, the Giant Sinkhole has been re-fenced to stay clear of the trail, you can see where it’s going to go.

Standing between SC and Keystone Metals, looking toward HMB.

The tall poles look to be for the wall separating the trail from the recycling yard to the right.


Steven

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Feb 12 2013 at 12:59am #

Exciting!

yes i dont know how they can say the trail is complete when theres still a gap missing from the point

They can say it’s complete to downtown Pittsburgh, they just can’t say it’s complete to Point State Park yet. Not without being technically wrong anyway.

(Reddan’s right of course that you can get to PSP via trail, but that route’s not officially part of the GAP.)

Incidentally, a party to celebrate the new trail was announced today on the GAP mailing list. It’s June 15th at the Point. I expect at the party there will be elected officials making many speeches that are technically wrong. But hey, huge step, even if it’s not quite the last.


frisbee

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Feb 12 2013 at 4:10pm #

Another article in the Post Gazette today. Apparently the date of April 19 is only for the section by the water park so they can open on time… the part by Keystone Metals will not be done until late May. So I assume it still will not be ride-able until late May?

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/region/last-section-of-trail-connecting-pittsburgh-washington-dc-set-to-open-675016/


Lenny

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Feb 12 2013 at 7:29pm #

Also, I can’t see them completing the Gap from Mitchels Fish Restaurant in Homestead to Sandcastle which is atleast a mile stretch. If I was a rider from Washington D.C. I would be totally lost???


Andrew

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Feb 12 2013 at 8:03pm #

@Lenny

Nah they winded the sidewalk and added markings last fall. Don’t think someone would get lost. Although it could be better!

Very happy to hear new about the trail though!


Steven

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Feb 12 2013 at 10:41pm #

I think they still plan to do some work in the short segment in front of the former Pittsburgh Burger, right next to Mitchell’s Fish Market. They’ve finished the rest of the sidewalk improvements from there to the entrance to Sandcastle, but they’re waiting for a new tenant for the ex-burger place before redoing that bit.

(It’s perfectly rideable today via the parking lot, but not at “finished trail” status yet. Needs a sign or two at least.)


Steven

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Feb 14 2013 at 1:56am #

I don’t think anyone’s posted the PG’s followup article, which has some trail history, confirms that the metal poles are for the concrete wall between the trail and the recycling facility, and includes this status update:

While the June event celebrates completion of the trail into Downtown Pittsburgh, two additions remain incomplete: connections of the Monongahela Wharf trail to the Smithfield Street Bridge and Point State Park.

Riverlife spokesman Stephan Bontrager said both projects are in final design and that about $1.5 million needs to be raised to complete construction. Officials hope to break ground for both links this year, he said.

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