In the ground near the fountain in Point State Park, there’s a medallion. It identifies the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers into the Ohio and serves as the end of the Great Allegheny Passage.
But there’s a missing link for cyclists between the marker and the rail trail itself, through busy Downtown streets populated primarily by vehicles. It’s a gap bike advocates have long wanted the city to close. They’re moving closer to that goal.
The city will hold a public meeting Wednesday on the addition of bike lanes on three streets Downtown to create a dedicated passage between Grant Street and Point State Park. Pittsburgh City Council has approved spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for the project, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last month.
There are two main components to the changes proposed by the city.
The first is adding a buffered, two-way bike lane on Fort Pitt Boulevard starting at Grant Street, where the Eliza Furnace (or Jail) Trail section of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail abruptly ends. The Great Allegheny Passage connects and merges with the Three Rivers Heritage Trail at the Hot Metal Bridge.