Sandcastle final mile

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Vannevar
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Re the “who to call” signage. 911 isn’t universal. In fact, on the Montour Trail Airport connector, they’d prefer you didn’t call 911, and their signs look like the one below:

Also, I noticed new signs on the Hot Metal Bridge today, directed people to the Hazelwood Trail and to downtown. Progress!


Pierce
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I’m still dubious. Have they worked out the issues with the scrap yard?


Steven
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Yes, as far as I know, they’re all done negotiating, now they’re building. Today’s PG article quotes ATA president Linda McKenna Boxx saying

developers have what she called “a drop-dead deadline” of April 15 to finish.

They’ve had “goals” before that have come and gone, but I think this is the first “drop-dead deadline”. (I assume all that death helps encourage the contractors to speedily complete the project.)


Pierce
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I guess my next question is, will there be access from Haysglen St? (currently where the ballast part ends, assuming you go through the Sandcastle gate, or continue on to 885 as I do)


Anonymous #

i guess we’ll find out tomorrow.


Steven
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I don’t think they could prevent access from Haysglen even if they wanted to. The trail will cross Haysglen, same as at any road crossing.


Pseudacris
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Anonymous #

holy cow…3.4m for this section? I know there is a lot involved, but wow.


erok
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considering this is one of the most complicated sections…for shits and giggles, the most recent 17 miles of the Mon-Fayette Expressway cost $882M


dmtroyer
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China is going to erect the world’s tallest building in 3 months for $628 Million. We can barely get a one-way river tunnel for that. :-) :-)

http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-cetera/china-to-erect-worlds-tallest-building-in-just-90-days-20120618/


Kordite
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$3.4 million? Most of us would have settled for a few “Share the road” signs and sharrows markings through the parking lot.


erok
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i’m guessing that a lot of this money was for the keystone metals section, which is much more complicated than the sandcastle part.


rsprake
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$77 million for a highway exit ramp 1/2 mile from another.

We could have 22 final miles for that. :)


Steven
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A lot of it’s not what we would settle for, but what the property owners were willing to live with. They wanted fences and walls, apparently not trusting that trail users would avoid playing on the train tracks, or with the scrap metal and heavy equipment, or weaving among the cars in Sandcastle’s parking lot.

Today workers were widening the sidewalk in front of Costco into a bike trail. Looks like a little bit is done already, and they’re continuing east.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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byogman
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Pretty huge if it happens, and they made it sound pretty likely.

It’s not convenient or welcoming at all to a new rider trying to get to point state park now and this would change all that, with a major domino effect because of the linkage over to the North shore and back along the Allegheny. It might open a lot of minds once the network for the “interested but concerned” starts connecting better and more of them ride.

I’d go so far as to say that this is more deserving, by geography, of the moniker “point made” (the maneuver with the sidewalk leading up to Ft. Pitt bridge and crossing the rivers twice is unpleasant and I don’t think too many people do it). And it may be more even more important than the segment just completed overall because it has the potential to engage more “interested but concerned” riders.

Please, please let these projects move along quickly.

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