extending north shore trail

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alleghenian
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The boat house is at the southern end of Millvale Riverfront Park, where some of the rowing teams are headquartered.  The “bridge” that goes from there to about the 31st Street bridge was made a few years back because Route 28 was being widened and there was not enough room for the highway, railroad and bike trail in that stretch.

I would have thought that the part within Shaler would basically just need paved and maybe a fence to keep it separated from the railroad tracks, because the existing ‘unofficial’ trail is already pretty flat and wide.  It must come too close to the tracks somewhere along there.


Eric
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3 rivers rowing in Millvale riverfront Park.


Swalfoort
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I find it VERY hard to believe that the “president” of FOTR has said it is ok to ride the railroad tracks. First of all, it is illegal. Second, it is dangerous. Finally, respect and coordination with the railroads is likely essential if the trail is ever to be extended north of Millvale. Advising people that it is “ok” to trespass on their (railroad) property is hardly what I call respect and coordination. Also, engaging in illegal behavior because you heard that it is ok third hand (president of FOTR told your landlord who told you) is generally not recommended.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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@alleghenian: that’s basically correct: It’s my understanding the right of way gets very narrow there and/or the proximity of the tracks to the river makes it too tight to just pave a trail, etc. From what I heard, the likely solution could possibly be a similar engineering proposition to that bridge near the boat house


Eric
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@swalfoort — totally agree. that’s why I mentioned that “I wouldn’t go trying this right now” re riding next to the rails and was asking if anyone else heard this to corroborate the story…


paulheckbert
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On 4/22 Eric made a comment about Mosites and the Strip Trail. My understanding is that Buncher owns the Strip trail land, and the city has little control over closures of that trail. I don’t believe that Mosites is involved.


Eric
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Oh! That’s good! I get the two mixed up all the time, but as Mosites owes R47, my guess is that we won’t have to deal with whatever trail is built there being closed for years when R47 construction begins. Thanks for the clarification, Paul, and now I can properly shoot eye daggers at the correct construction company.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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@eric: …unless the recently-proposed purchase of the trail footprint from R47 actually gets funded and goes through. You may recall the whole point of that initiative is to de-couple trail development from the associated commercial development.

Perhaps there will be an update at the upcoming open-house.


Eric
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For those wanting to know about the open house mentioned above — there are 3 meetings (Each one the same) re: R47 development, including trail development, as well as a tour of the R47 property.

Public invited to see designs and tour site for potential park and trail

My cut and paste —
Join us for presentation of design ideas for the potential park and trail on the Allegheny. All welcome!

*It’s a single public presentation, with three times to see it.

Wednesday, May 22

1 PM O’Hara Township Municipal Building, 325 Fox Chapel Road*

Thursday May 23

10 AM Aspinwall Borough Building 217 Commercial Avenue*

6:30 PM During Sharpsburg Council Meeting; Sharpsburg Borough Bldg., 1611 Main St.*

And a public tour of the potential park and trail

Weds, May 22 at 6 PM Meet at the former Silkys Restaurant, 19th Street and River Road in Sharpsburg. Please note: As an undeveloped construction site, this tour is not appropriate for young children or people with physical challenges.

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