On February 1, contractors will close the connecting ramp between the Monongahela Wharf and Point State Park in order to completely reconfigure and improve the way that bicyclists enter or exit Point State Park on the Great Allegheny Passage. In order to accomplish this work, the GAP was closed between the Monongahela Wharf Switchback and Point State Park beginning on February 1, 2023, and will not reopen until construction is complete. As of May 2, work is approximately 50 percent complete and contractors anticipate reopening in mid-September, weather-permitting.
This key project will reroute the GAP along the Monongahela River, remove the narrow “pinch point” obstruction caused by highway piering, and eliminate a section of trail contiguous with the parking lot behind the state park offices. It is designed to improve the trail’s surface, width, grade, lighting, and line of sight, all conditions intended to encourage safe travel.
During this time, travelers must use an alternate route, and we recommend using a prescribed 0.75 mile mix of on-road riding and dedicated bike lanes through Downtown Pittsburgh as shown in this graphic. This alternative route, also available in TrailGuide, is largely marked with green-and-white signs by the City of Pittsburgh and includes short sections of Smithfield Street, Third Avenue, Stanwix Street, Penn Avenue, and Liberty Avenue.