Elevated bike trail? It could happen

OCT 4 2018

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By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

The Lysle Boulevard parking garage could be reopened and connected to the former Daily News Building with the assistance of a $2.9 million grant from Pennsylvania's Multimodal Transportation Fund.

And city officials and state Sen. Jim Brewster have bigger plans --- like re-routing the Great Allegheny Passage trail to the edge of the Monongahela River, and possibly elevating a portion of it.

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Elevated bike trail? It could happen
The garage repairs seem fairly down to earth, but the possible elevation of a portion of the trail seems downright futuristic. Brewster thinks it's achievable.

Since 2008, trail riders have crossed into McKeesport from Duquesne over the former Pennsylvania Railroad bridge, and then descend to street level on a ramp.

Brewster is proposing that instead of descending, they continue at the same height on an elevated bikeway along the Monongahela River, behind PurePenn, through the RIDC industrial park, and behind the Dura-Bond pipe mill, until touching down near the mouth of the Youghiogheny River.

The new bike trail would then join up with the existing trail near the McKees Point Marina.


The Great Allegheny Passage ® (GAP) rail-trail offers 150 miles of hiking and biking from Cumberland MD to Pittsburgh,PA.


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