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Montour Trail to rehab railroad bridge over Route 88

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

 

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The Montour Trail will break ground on its latest exciting expansion project on Sunday, rehabilitation of the old railroad viaduct crossing Route 88 in South Park Township.

The ceremony will start at 2 p.m. next to the Rite Aid that is adjacent to the viaduct.

The $2.5 million project will take about a year and calls for structural repairs, installation of a concrete deckand protective fencing. A 900-foot section of new trail to be built east of the bridge will connect to Pleasant Street, a township street.

The 506-foot-long viaduct has been abandoned for nearly 40 years. It formerly carried the Montour Railroad over Route 88.

The project “will enable us to close the last significant gap in our 47-mile main line and offer tourists a bicycle-friendly route from Pittsburgh International Airport to the Great Allegheny Passage,” said Montour Trail Council president Dennis Pfeiffer. “In addition, the connection to the Port Authority’s Library park-and-ride and light rail station should make the Montour Trail more accessible to thousands of users.”

Visit www.montourtrail.org for a trail map and other information.

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Port Authority is inviting citizens to share their ideas for the future of public transit as a national panel convenes here to offer its own recommendations.

The authority has created what it calls a “community engagement website,” Forward Thinking, at http://paac.mindmixer.com.

The site presents questions on topics including capital projects, barriers to transit use and accessibility for seniors and riders with disabilities. Participants can share their thoughts or weigh in on ideas submitted by others.

Also participating in the site discussion are local officials and Port Authority leadership, including CEO Ellen McLean, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Port Authority board members state Sen. Jim Brewster, state Rep. Dom Costa and John Tague.

The site will be active through June 13 at minimum. Those without Internet access can submit written comments to Port Authority at Forward Thinking, Attn: Communications Department, 345 Sixth Ave., 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh 15222.

This week, a panel commissioned by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Urban Land Institute will interview nearly 80 people, ranging from public officials to planners to neighborhood leaders. They also will tour the bus and rail system before compiling a list of recommendations.

The effort will culminate with a Friday morning public presentation at 8:30 a.m. at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown, followed by a written report.

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The EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival will cause a couple of street closures in Downtown Pittsburgh this weekend.

Eighth Street will be closed from Penn Avenue to the entrance of the Eighth-Penn parking lots from 10 a.m. Saturday through 6 p.m. Monday. The lots will be closed.

Penn Avenue will be closed from Seventh to Ninth streets from 6 p.m. Friday through midnight on Sunday.

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menatworkInspection of the outbound Liberty Tunnel will close one lane from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday.

Overnight lane closures are possible on Route 28 in Etna and Sharpsburg during bridge washing. The work will occur after 8 p.m. today at the bridge over Ravine Street in Sharpsburg and Wednesday and Thursday at the southbound bridge over Route 8 in Etna. Lane closures also are possible below the bridges. Restrictions will lift by 6 a.m.

Alternating one-way traffic is possible on Freeport Road between the Highland Park Bridge and 23rd Street in Sharpsburg after 8 p.m. weeknights through May 23 during drilling and research for a future project.

Northbound single-lane traffic will be in effect at times on northbound Route 51 between Stewart Avenue in Whitehall and Maytide Street in Overbrook from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday during utility work.

Milling and paving will cause overnight and early-morning lane closures on Route 60-Steubenville Pike from Old Steubenville Pike in Robinson to 1,100 feet east of Haddock Road in Kennedy. Restrictions are possible from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, from 8 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.

Installation of pavement markings will cause alternating one-way traffic on Frankstown Avenue in Homewood, at the intersections with Tokay and Woods avenues, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday.

Alternating one-way traffic will occur on Route 48-Scenery Drive between Lovedale Road and Swiss Alpine Village in Elizabeth Township starting at 9 p.m. daily through Friday. Restrictions lift by 6 a.m.

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