Trail from DC to Pittsburgh to be completed in spring 2013

Photo courtesy of Allegheny Trail Alliance

Three of four incomplete sections to be finished by November 2012. Last section to be completed in spring.

From the Post-Gazette:

“It’s an amazing feeling,” said Ms. Boxx [president of the Allegheny Trail Alliance ]who has encountered many obstacles to the trail’s completion.

The final piece of unfinished trail spans Baldwin Borough, where it dead ends into Keystone Metals, a metal recycling plant, and Sandcastle.

Currently, the trail snakes along the south side of the Monongahela River but dead ends in Baldwin, where trail users encounter a fence that bars them from entering the Keystone Metals. But some ignore the signs and carry their bikes up a steep grade and along railroad tracks.

The completion of the trail will give cyclists and trail users a safer — not to mention legal — option to traverse the site. Ms. Boxx said construction on that section will include a large wall to protect trail users from activities at the site, a metal recycling facility.

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