Pittsburgh Begins Construction on New Bike Connection
As part of the “GAP to the Point” project, a new bicycle accommodation is being made that extends from the Great Allegheny Passage to Point State Park, Downtown.
Construction has begun on a new on-street bicycle connection that extends the Great Allegheny Passage to Point State Park by way of the city’s central business district.
This is the final segment of “GAP to the Point,” a $927,000 federally-funded transportation project by the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure to increase safety for the more than 1,100 bikers who commute to work every day, as well as for recreational cyclists visiting Pittsburgh.
The new accommodation stretches from Stanwix Street at Third Avenue to Stanwix at Penn Avenue, then extending to Commonwealth Place and Liberty Avenue.
Not only will the project create a continuous route for cyclists between Downtown, South Side, North Side, Oakland and Strip District, it also provides a connection from the heart of Pittsburgh to Washington, DC. The Great Allegheny Passage spans 150 miles from Point Park through the heart of Pennsylvania to Cumberland, Maryland. From there, it connects to the 185-mile long C&O Canal Trail to Washington, D.C.
Phase II of the GAP to the Point project will consist of a two-way cycle track and enhanced bus transit stop, as well as bituminous milling and resurfacing, concrete pavement restoration, new curb ramps, curb and sidewalk repair, signing and pavement markings, associated signal upgrades and other improvements. The cost of this phase comprises $758,000 of the total project.
Construction for the project began last week and is expected to take approximately five months to complete. Work takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Lane restrictions may occur during this time.