Mon Wharf Switchback update from Riverlife

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erok
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additionally, this will be the official detour when the Mon Wharf is closed for flooding


paulheckbert
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edmonds59
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I’m sure it looked fine on the plan. :/


erok
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just talked to state parks folks. they plan to remove one of the dumpsters to free up some space. also, they plan to add a temporary “trail lane” thru the parking lot until the official build-out is complete.


NMR
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 Science Center trail work was 2014, I think, and the city has gotten progressively better about providing detours.  The policy I cited is dated June 2017.

The Science Center expansion was completed this year and the trail closure happened late-winter, early-spring.


Vannevar
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Erok, this is big news that the Wormhole (as we know it in 2018) will be shut down (and may even not exist) as the Mon Wharf Connector project is under construction. It’s as if the Grand Opening was a bit misleading. No shade on you or BikePgh, but I’m not sure of Riverlife’s veracity.

I think it means that a usable Mon Wharf route won’t be available to transient cyclists until maybe 2020.

 

 


erok
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That is true. They say they will try to minimize closure, but the section that they are working on is extremely tight and they need to get equipment out there. The amount of work that they are planning to do is pretty mind boggling as, with the ramp up, they need to shave it down, and then extend it into the parking area in order for it to be ADA compliant. Additionally, they will be removing a bunch of the belgian block on the river side to lower and flatten it for the trail. I really don’t know what else to say about that other than i wish they worked on this before the switchback was built and when everyone was pushing for this decades ago.

FWIW, nobody is claiming that the GAP connection to the Point is complete, even ATA, until the final western section is complete. The celebration was the opening of the switchback, not the celebration of the connection to the Point.


Eric
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Wasn’t there some plan at some point to build something that either floats on the river or juts out over the river as the connector, or am I misremembering? I guess cutting into the parking lot is cheaper and easier to do, which I’m all for. I’ve never seen the mon wharf completely full of cars during the business day.


erok
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yes, i remember that proposal as well. all in all, only 4 spaces are lost to the ramp. the other spaces in that area will be used for park activities only, like vendors who need to load/unload, etc. so the project is also helping park operations as well.


Mikhail
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A few years ago Friends locked snow shovels to the ends of the Hot Metal Bridge. Anyone willing to shovel could get the combination. We could do that on the switchback as well.

This is probably the best solution. I’ve used to have a shovel and a scraper which I used to clean snow on HMB before those shovels where avatilable. Then I’ve used those. But I had my “tools” readily available since I am working near HMB (1000 echnolgy Dr.). Switchback is far from my work. But I can spend some time if shovels are available.


jonawebb
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It won the ASHE Outstanding Highway Engineering award. Deservedly so, it’s great!

Mon Wharf Switchback wins ASHE Outstanding Highway Engineering award

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paulheckbert
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Aren’t there still missing handrails on that ramp?

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