PG: Last section of trail connecting Pittsburgh, D.C., set to open


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Completion of the last missing piece of a trail network connecting Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., will be celebrated at a June 15 event in West Homestead and at the Point in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The event — called “Point Made!” — will feature a ribbon-cutting near Sandcastle Waterpark, where the last section of trail is under construction, followed by a mass bicycle ride to Point State Park “for the party part of the event,” said Linda McKenna Boxx, president of the Allegheny Trail Alliance.

The celebration also will feature a weeklong bike ride from Washington leading up to June 15, a 24-hour relay ride and unveiling of a “Forks of the Ohio” marker at what will be the western terminus of the Great Allegheny Passage.

The passage connects with the C&O Towpath at Cumberland, Md., forming a nearly continuous 330 miles of dedicated trail from Pittsburgh to the nation’s capital.

Read the full article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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  • paulheckbert says:

    Trail construction is proceeding near Sandcastle. The GAP trail is expected to open there by June, as you’ve probably heard.

    I posted some pictures I shot on Friday – see links below.

    Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail construction at Keystone Metals, near the Glenwood Bridge, Pittsburgh, PA. Wall panels are being set in place to erect a wall to protect cyclists along the future GAP trail from Keystone Metals scrap yard, just beyond the wall. Glenwood Bridge is visible at right, and Sandcastle water park is beyond the bridge. This section of trail will connect the Steel Valley Trail, upstream of the Glenwood Bridge, with the Baldwin Borough Trail, downstream of the bridge. Both are part of the GAP.

    also of interest, the nearby bald eagle nest on the hillside

    Steel Valley Trail Council

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