Trail Building

Trail Building

The expansion of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail throughout the Pittsburgh region continues to be a top priority for Friends of the Riverfront and our partners including Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Check here for new developments such as new trail construction, temporary closures, improvements and detours.

Trail Development

Allegheny Riverfront – Convention Center to Highland Park

The vision for the development of the Allegheny River from the Convention center to Highland Park can be found here (http://www.greenboulevardpgh.com/). The strategic plan was completed in March 2013 after working on it for over several months by a consulting firm based out of Watertown Massachusetts called Sasaki Associates. The process included many public meetings about how the riverfront should look and what kind of functionality it should have. Currently negotiations are underway with property owners for the necessary easement and property rights to make this plan possible. (http://www.riversofsteel.com/_uploads/files/ARGB-Executive-Summary.pdf).

Allegheny Riverfront – Allegheny River Blvd to Rail Trail

Below is a breakdown of the potential trail connection between Penn Hills and Verona along Allegheny River Boulevard.

Allegheny River Blvd to Rail Trail

Penn Hills – Sheet 1

Penn Hills – Sheet 2

Penn Hills – Sheet 3

Sandy Creek Point

Community Trails Initiative

Below is a breakdown of the potential trail connection between Penn Hills and Verona along Allegheny River Boulevard.

The Community Trails Initiative is a public/private multi-municipal project to complete a trail feasibility study encompassing 17 municipalities (City of Pittsburgh, Millvale, Shaler, Etna, Sharpsburg, Aspinwall, Fox Chapel, O’Hara Township, Blawnox, Harmar, Cheswick, Springdale, Springdale Township, Frazer, Tarentum, Brackenridge and Harrison) along the North Shore of the Allegheny River for the purpose of connecting the existing Three Rivers Heritage Trail with the Armstrong Trail. This connection is an important part of the Allegheny County Riverfronts Project, the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail Alliance and also the Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Mainline Canal Greenway.

Friends of the Riverfront and our project team have completed a series of meetings with leaders of each municipality to garner consensus and support for this initiative. Together we have completed a multi-municipal trail and greenway plan that stretches for more than 34 miles. We encourage you to click on the links below to review the plan and associated maps highlighting both the preferred and practical trail alignment through each community.

Currently, Friends of the Riverfront and the County’s Executive office of Allegheny County have been working together to get the trail through the boroughs of Tarentum and Brackenridge utilizing road facilities. We have also partnered with Harrison Township to continue the trail through the Village of Natrona and Harrison Township north towards the Armstrong trail.

Community Trails Initiative Feasibility Report

Hard copies of the plan have been placed in the following public locations and may be viewed during normal hours of operation. The plan is also available at the Friends of the Riverfront office.

Cooper-Siegel Community Library – 403 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Springdale Free Public Library – 331 School Street, Springdale, PA 15144

Community Library of Allegheny Valley – 400 Lock Street, Tarentum, PA 15084

Community Library of Allegheny Valley – 1522 Broadview Boulevard, Natrona Heights, PA 15065

Boyd Community Center – 1220 Powers Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Below are the links to meeting minutes from the Community Trails Initiative Public Meetings.

Millvale 3.2.10
Tarentum 3.3.10
O’Hara 3.6.10

 

Carrie Furnace

Preliminary engineering design connecting Duck Hollow through the Carrie Furnace site to Braddock is available by clicking below by section:

Carrie Furnace Trail Section 1

Carrie Furnace Trail Section 2

Carrie Furnace Trail Section 3

Carrie Furnace Trail Section 4

Carries Furnace Typical Sections

Carnegie Science Center Development Plan

Preliminary engineering design connecting Duck Hollow through the Carrie Furnace site to Braddock is available by clicking below by section:

Carnegie Science Center unveils details for future development. Plans include expansion of the Science Center’s existing building, construction of a new SportsWorks facility and newly redesigned riverfront park area containing trail access along the North Shore segment of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.

Visit the Carnegie Science Center

Ohio Riverfront Montour Connection

Friends of the Riverfront, in partnership with Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, has selected Mackin Engineering for the plan to expand the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Currently the trail system ends on the banks of the Ohio River adjacent to Station Square. Expansion of the Three Rivers Heritage trail will provide a connection from the City of Pittsburgh to Allegheny County’s Sports Legacy Project in Coraopolis. The continuation of the trail system will also connect to the Montour Trail and provides a dedicated non-motorized connection through the South Hills and access to the Pittsburgh International Airport. Development of a trail along the Ohio River will also create numerous community connections and offer opportunities for alternative transportation to and from work, school and other destinations. This multi-municipal effort encompasses the City of Pittsburgh, McKees Rocks, Stowe, Kennedy, Neville, Robinson and Coraopolis including several local community groups.

Hard copies of the final plan may be viewed, but not removed, from the following locations:

Coraopolis Municipal Building – 1929 Fifth Ave., Coraopolis, PA 15108

Coraopolis Bicycle Shop – 938 Fifth Ave., Coraopolis, PA 15108

Neville Island Municipal Building – 5050 Grand Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15225

Stowe Township Municipal Building – 555 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136

McKees Rocks Municipal Building – 340 Bell Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136

Stowe Rocks Public Library – 500 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136

A free CD copy of the final plan may be requested from Friends of the Riverfront by emailing: friends@friendsoftheriverfront.org

View the Feasibility Study Final Report and Presentation from the June 19th Open House Public Forum:

Open House Presentation - Pittsburgh to Coraopolis Feasibility Study