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Status of the gap in the Great Allegheny Passage

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Status of the gap in the Great Allegheny Passage

The Great Allegheny Passage is the trail between Pittsburgh, PA and Cumberland, MD, continuing on the C&O Canal to Washington, DC. This 330 mile trail is almost complete. The remaining gap is a short segment by the Monongahela Wharf.

Many have been asking about the status of this gap and when it will be completed. This page is not an official of anything  (nor endorsed by) the Allegheny Trail Alliance nor Riverlife.

As of Dec 2017 there remains only one gap to closing the GAP. The switchback ramp from Smithfield Street to the Monongahela Wharf. It is under construction and should be open sometime this spring 2018.

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Trail SectionComments
APoint to Monongahela Wharf
Trail Status: Open
The fountain at Point State Park is the beginning/terminus of the Great Allegheny Passage. Here one dips the bike wheel in the fountain to signify the begin/end of the journey. Access to the park is from in front of the Hilton Hotel or via the Pedestrian Bridge ramps from the North and South Shore or from the Monongahela Wharf.

Trail Status: Open . (Ridden Nov 2017)
BMonongahela Wharf
Trail Status: Open
This section of trail was officially opened Nov 16,2010. It includes a very nice path along the river edge, boat tie-ups, heart plants and a flood-resistant infrastructure. Currently (Mar 2013) Access is via the parking lot ramp at the corner of Fort Duquesne Blvd and Wood Street or from Point State Park at the downstream end of the Wharf.

Trail Status: Open: (Ridden Nov 2017)

BSwitchback Wharf to Smithfield Street
Trail Status: On road
To complete the connection between the Eliza Furnace Trail and Point Park, Riverlife is building a "switchback" ramp from the Smithfield Street bridge down to the Mon Wharf Landing along the river. The completion of the switchback will eliminate a long block on busy Fort Pitt Blvd which is one way towards the Point. Construction is underway with expected opening spring 2018.
Trail Status: On road:

To get from the Mon Wharf to Smithfield Street - About half way along the wharf the exit road leads up to the left. Follow it up to Fort Pitt Blvd which is one way against you. From this point, one can go two blocks over to the Blvd of the Allies and then two blocks back on Smithfield Street, or cross Fort Pitt Blvd, turn right and walk your bike along the sidewalk for one block. Note: The sidewalk is in the central business district and therefore it is illegal to ride on this sidewalk. At the end of the block cross Smithfield street, turn right and cross Fort Pitt Blvd and the expressway ramp. Turn left on the shared use path (sidewalk) between the concrete jersey barriers.

To get from the Eliza Furnace Trail to the Mon Wharf - Cross Grant Street where the two expressway ramps join Grant. Follow the shared use path (sidewalk) between the concrete jersey barriers. Cross Smithfield Street, turn right and cross the expressway ramp. Either join the road traffic on the left side of Fort Pitt Blvd for a long block to the Monongahela Wharf entrance, or cross Fort Pitt Blvd and walk along the sidewalk for the block. Note: The sidewalk is in the central business district and therefore it is illegal to side on this sidewalk. Head down the ramp to Monongahela Wharf parking. At the bottom of the ramp turn right and proceed to the end of the parking area.
Trail Status: Closed:
CEliza Furnace Trail
Trail Status: Open
The Great Allegheny Passage uses 2.5 miles of the paved Eliza Furnace trail between the Smithfield Street Bridge and the Hot Metal bridge.

Trail Status: Open: (Ridden Dec 2017)
DHot Metal Bridge
Trail Status: Open
The Great Allegheny Passage crosses Second Avenue and the Monongahela River on the Hot Metal Bridge. This is a completely separated bridge form the automobile traffic.

Trail Status: Open: Concrete deck on bridge. (Ridden Dec 2017)
E South Side Trail
Trail Status: Open
The Great Allegheny Passage uses a portion of the paved, existing South Side Trail, from the Hot Metal bridge to Keystone Metals.

Trail Status: Open: (Ridden Dec 2017)
FKeystone
Trail Status: Open
A paved, seperated trail alongside the Keystone Metals Storage Yard, After a rain there is a 2 to 3 inch deep poddle on the tral, wich turns to ice in the winter. The trail group is looking to resolve the issue, ut no solution has presented itself.
Trail Status: Open bu may have an isy patch in cold weather.
GSandcastle
Trail Status: open
A paved, seperated trail alongside the Sandcastle parking lot.
Trail Status:Open
HWater Front 1
Trail Status: Open
The sidewalk between the Sandcastle gates/ Costo and Mitchells Fish House has been widden.

Trail Status: Open: (Ridden Dev 2017)Whaich for crossing card at the drivrways.
IWaterfront 2
Trail Status: Open
Existing Limestone 1.1 mile trail, between back of stores/apartments and river.

Trail Status: Open: (Ridden Dec 2017)
JWaterfront 3
Trail Status: Open
Trail Status: Open: As of June 10, 2011
The trail use to run along the narrow sidewalk from the Pump House to the bottom of the Waterfront exit.
The trail now has a seperate lane along the river side of the street. It has two way bicycle trafficand is protected from the automotive traffic by candlesticks. (Ridden Nov 2017)
KWaterfront to Mckeesport
Trail Status: Open
Trail Status: Open: As of June 10, 2011
The 10 foot paved trail from the Waterfront to Mckessport crosses over the railroad twice and passes the bottom of Kennywood on the Gas pipline road. (Ridden Nov 2017)
LLocust St
Trail Status: Open on sidewalk
OPen betweenthe building and the railroad track, goes past the backside of the police staton to the marina.

Trail Status: (ridden Nov 2017)
MMckees Point Marina
Trail Status: Open
Paved trail through the Marina area and the Park with a side trail out to McKees Point (The junction of the Youghiogheny and the Monongahela. Trail Status: Open: (Ridden Nov 2017)
Note: As always we have made a serious effort to present accurate descriptions.  However we are human, These sections of trail are undergoing change, and we occasionally receive incorrect information.  Therefore we can not be responsible for discrepancies between these descriptions and actual trail conditions.   Use common sense, judgment, be careful out there and stay off the closed sections of trail.

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