Next to the Waterfront entrance ramp across from the storage facility, the bed is in place. It apparently just needs paved to connect it to the already paved section of trail that connects to the Whitaker Flyover Bridge. With the bed in that condition I would guess they are planning to pave that soon.
There is a little bit of paving to be done to connect up with the flyover bridge ramp. Again, it’s an easy enough thing that could be done soon.
On the other side of the flyover bridge, the dirt has been packed down and, from what I’ve heard, it’s in much the same condition for the length of the Gas Pipeline segment. I’m not sure what needs to be done. Are they going to just pave it, do more work and then pave it or are they going with a crushed limestone surface. I’m guessing it will be paved.
I don’t know what the latest is at the Port Perry Flyover but I might guess it is similar.
With that, I see no reason why the section of trail between Duquesne and the Waterfront shouldn’t be completable by the end of the year.
From what was said at the press conference, It sounded like they were going to start rolling with engineering and as soon as they had that worked out, starting with construction. The hope is to have it done before the park opens in April. If not, construction will be shut down until after Labor Day when they will have 2 months to finish up before the 11.11.11 deadline.
If they get the engineering done quickly, I think it could be done before spring.
I think if they get the section to Duquesne finished before the Sandcastle section, they’ll open it. They won’t wait for the whole trail to be finished (just as they opened the Riverton bridge before there was any trail to connect to it on the north).
But for them “finished” won’t just mean a rideable surface. They’ll likely wait until all the fencing and such is in place too (especially where their agreement with the property owner specifies fencing).
Last I heard, the estimate for the section from Homestead to Duquesne was February 2011.
Kordite, About two weeks ago I road the section of incomplete trail to see how it was going. They have 1/10 mile paved trail after the Port Perry Flyover (on the side closer to kennywood). The gas pipeline section was leveled dirt.
I knew people had been on Gas Pipeline section, I just couldn’t get there because there was a fence blocking that side of the Whitaker Flyover. If there is pavement on the Port Perry side, then I expect the rest will eventually be paved as well.