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North Shore Trail Closure—May 13–17

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buffalo buffalo

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May 9 2013 at 10:38am #

Via FotR and Trail Town facebooks:

TRAIL ALERT! A portion of the North Shore segment of Three Rivers Heritage Trail will be closed from Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17 as we improve the conditions of the trail by elevating and resurfacing using reclaimed asphalt.

The section of trail between 600 River Avenue and the Three Rivers Rowing Boathouse in the Borough of Millvale, and the trailhead parking lots along River Avenue will be closed during this time.

More: http://www.friendsoftheriverfront.org/files/trail_status.html#trailresurfacing

(600 River Ave is the Confluence Building–in other words, this is the entire gravel section east of the 9th Street apartments.)


Benzo

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May 9 2013 at 10:52am #

Awesome. Can’t wait for this to be done. I’m sick of riding through a gauntlet of puddles (even on dry days). This will be a great improvement and will make this a way better commuter trail.


buffalo buffalo

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May 9 2013 at 10:53am #

I’m particularly interested in the fact that it will apparently be canted toward the river–maybe it’ll finally drain now!


StuInMcCandless

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May 9 2013 at 1:34pm #

Yessss. Finally.

Might I suggest that someone please post a reminder sign (y’know, an actual sign, on a post) somewhere before the railroad tracks so I don’t waste 10 minutes riding down to the boathouse? There’s a usually quite usable bridge across the river just prior to that, but I need to know to use it before I cross the tracks by the Rt 28 overpass.

And similarly, one on Heinz St as well as the trail itself near the 16th St Bridge so I know to cross the river and go up to the 40SB.


bear250220

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May 9 2013 at 8:40pm #

thats good news i was able to ride just past where the crushed limestone started this morning before being directed onto river road coming from pnc park those alcosan trucks made a mess of the trail maybee now that it wont be crushed limestone it will hold up better


eppi

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May 13 2013 at 10:12am #

This is great, but I may be a bit screwed. I have not been keeping up on the boards and just saw this today. I parked in Millvale at the boathouse today right off of 28 and rode into to town. The trail was open this AM. If the trail is closed tonight after work, does any have a suggestion as to how I get back to my car tonight.


Mikhail

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May 13 2013 at 10:53am #

Trail or River Ave up to 16th str bridge, jump on sidewalk (downstream) make a right at Penn, make a right at 15th st, make a right at Smallman St, stay on Smallman up to 36 St, make a right on 36th st, immediate left on Charlotte St, right at 38th st, left on Mineral way, right on 39th st, left on Butler (or walk one block on sidewallk), take upstream sidewalk on 40t st bridge and it would take you to trail parking.


buffalo buffalo

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May 13 2013 at 10:56am #

eppi wrote:If the trail is closed tonight after work, does any have a suggestion as to how I get back to my car tonight.

Strip District Trail to 21st, 23rd, or 25th.
Railroad to 31st.
(Optionally, Spruce to 33rd, though pavement’s not great and there’ll be giant puddles if it rains at all.)
Smallman to 36th. left on 36th. (warning: really crappy pavement on 36.)
At the ‘Geyer’ sign, turn right into parking lot. There’s usually a bunch of school buses at the end–walk or ride slowly to find the gap between the concrete barriers behind the buses. Continue across the next lot.
At the far end of the lot, under the 40th St Bridge, find the gap in the barriers, then turn right on 40th. At end, right on Foster, immediate right on 40SB (upstream) sidewalk. Watch for glass.
At end of bridge, right on E Ohio St sidewalk down the hill to Bridge St, right to parking lot.


eppi

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May 13 2013 at 11:26am #

Thanks guys. I am all set.. Strip to 40th st bridge.


pbeaves

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May 13 2013 at 12:29pm #

I rode a bit of that trail yesterday afternoon (starting from the stadium end), someone had been installing caution tape & atempting to block all the random entrance/exit points between 9th & 16th st.

I just hope it isnt them dumping oodles of crushed rock on the trrail though, its nice for walkers/joggers, its fugly to ride over.


bear250220

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May 13 2013 at 9:25pm #

i rode to the trail this morning it was closed but there was asphalt put down it looked pretty good


Lou M.

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May 15 2013 at 3:17pm #

A friend ran this yesterday and said it’s looking good. Anyone know if this will open before Friday?


Benzo

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May 16 2013 at 2:49pm #

Bump, anyone see how this was coming along today. Wondering if it will be open for bike to work day?


Mikhail

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May 16 2013 at 3:29pm #

Off topic but …
PennDOT has tentatively set May 24 for reopening the city end of the 31st Street Bridge.


StuInMcCandless

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May 16 2013 at 4:49pm #

Bah. I was hoping I could repeat my earlier first crossing (see blog post), but alas, this year I am employed, and that rather takes priority.


Benzo

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May 17 2013 at 5:26pm #

Looks like this was still closed as of 5pm or so. I expect it may be closed for a couple more days


bear250220

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May 17 2013 at 8:44pm #

they were paving the trail at lunch time i rode up river road and saw the paving equipment i dont know if its finished


jeg

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May 17 2013 at 10:06pm #

Yay for trail improvements!

Are they replacing all of the crushed limestone with asphalt, though? That would be unfortunate. Something like the (better maintained parts of the) Jail Trail would best accommodate all trail users.


Benzo

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May 19 2013 at 5:03pm #

I don’t even think they had crushed limestone, it was a puddly and buggy mess every time I rode it last summer. This will be great. I’ll try and scope it out tomorrow after work and see if it’s open again.


TeamDecaf

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May 19 2013 at 7:00pm #

A couple shots of the trail near the thirty first street bridge. The trail is rough – asphalt with oil and chips. Its loose too


sarah_q

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May 19 2013 at 8:35pm #

now we are getting oil and chip on the trails too …. ughhhhh


byogman

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May 19 2013 at 9:02pm #

This, and the latest story about the connection plans for McKees Rocks first got me very excited. Then this?

I guess the new GAP segment at least is pretty well done. Will try that tomorrow if I can find a little time for it.


StuInMcCandless

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May 19 2013 at 9:50pm #

I may go in this way in the morning, if it’s open, and will report back.


Benzo

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May 20 2013 at 6:55am #

byogman wrote:This, and the latest story about the connection plans for McKees Rocks first got me very excited. Then this?

Did you read the McKees rocks plans? They want to put sharrows on west carson. I’m not excited.


byogman

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May 20 2013 at 8:20am #

Sorry, not clear. This “this” was the lesser of the two “this”s to which I referred to in “Then this?”.

I wrote Rich Fitzgerald and submitted the form to SPC to voice my incredulity and extreme disapproval at the primary “this”.


Benzo

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May 20 2013 at 8:32am #

byogman wrote:I wrote Rich Fitzgerald and submitted the form to SPC to voice my incredulity and extreme disapproval at the primary “this”.

This is good :)


pbeaves

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May 20 2013 at 9:45am #

Sharrows are ok when the average speed is under 50 mph and the
majority of drivers arent complete lunatics.
But down that far on West Carson seems to be a misuse of the
materials that could be better used elsewhere within the city.


StuInMcCandless

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May 20 2013 at 1:06pm #

Trip report.

Nicely done oil-and-chip surface. No loose gravel. Very even, thick application. This starts from the back of the building where the kayak folks gather, near the Millvale Industrial Park, all the way down to the condos next to the 9th Street Bridge. If there was asphalt already there, it’s still there. If it was dirt, it’s now this.

There are a couple of places where, if you wander off the edge, you drop down several inches. I’m OK with that, as you would already be heading off into the weeds if you did that. There are few pinch points on this trail.

The application goes the entire width of the very wide trail. At one point, I passed two women riding side by side and had plenty of space to do so without crowding them or feeling squeezed against the opposite edge.

I am trying to remember if, at the point where the trail splits for a bit, both sections are paved. I had to deal with some traffic at that point in my travels so did not take notice.

All in all, thumbs up.


StuInMcCandless

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May 20 2013 at 1:13pm #

Can we please take the West Carson discussion back over to the West Carson thread?


Benzo

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May 20 2013 at 1:21pm #

Sorry for going OT.

Thanks for the Ride Report Stu. Glad to hear the surface is smooth and not loose. I’m going to check this out today.


TeamDecaf

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May 20 2013 at 1:45pm #

I found it to be loose and rough, just yesterday. I think it needs a lot of wearing down. I ride a 28 x 1-1/4 x 1-3/4 tire (thin hybrid, if there is such a thing) – and I wanted off the trail as soon as possible.


StuInMcCandless

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May 20 2013 at 2:39pm #

Compared to the tar-and-chip treatment county roads get, I didn’t find anything dangerously loose. It isn’t asphalt smooth; yeah, it’s a different kind of rough. But IMHO it’s an improvement over the holes and rough surface it replaced, more of an “even roughness”.


pbeaves

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May 20 2013 at 2:50pm #

it may not be perfect, but i think its better now than the hardpack
dirt & pothole (with / without stagnant rainwater) surface that it had before.


TeamDecaf

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May 20 2013 at 3:55pm #

Agreed, better than what it replaced.


Benzo

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May 21 2013 at 7:27am #

Rode it last night. It was nice. It wasn’t as smooth as asphalt, but way better than puddles. I think there were even a few less bugs than usual. A lot of other people thought it was a good idea to use them too, the trails were really busy.

They used tar and chip for a reason, it’s cheap, and doesn’t crack like standard asphalt, so it requires a lot less maintinance and patching.

Actually, it might be pretty nice in the winter and in the rain since it’s got a little more traction.


pbeaves

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May 21 2013 at 7:40am #

i also had a trip on the completed surface, when i rode it last week, it was the rough paving, but now its the stone & chip.
its not too bad, its probly something that will require a bit of wear.


Benzo

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May 24 2013 at 12:29pm #

For those who use the north shore trail. It looks like you’ll be able to get there via the 31st st bridge after today.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/section-of-31st-street-bridge-from-lawrenceville-to-washingtons-landing-to-reopen-688963/


Lou M.

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May 24 2013 at 2:10pm #

Rode it yesterday. Not so impressed but its better than the water filled holes.

I think once things get flattened more it will be better but now still seems a little loose.


exogen989

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Jun 3 2013 at 10:33pm #

I took a ride up the Millvale/Northside trail the other day, and noticed that the tar-and-chip is already worn in pretty well, making some pretty smooth inbound and outbound “lanes” in the surface. Must be getting a good bit of traffic. Hopefully the completion of this paving project will lead to an eventual extension out to Etna/Sharpsburg/62nd St Bridge/etc.


buffalo buffalo

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Jun 3 2013 at 10:39pm #

i hope so. rode it a week or so ago–might be better for those with bigger wheels, but on my road tires it was awful. got on at the city end, got right off at the first parking lot, opposite the confluence building.

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