...project-by-project toward the ultimate goal of a continuous 46-mile-long non-motorized off-road trail from Coraopolis to Clairton.
Current and upcoming projects are summarized below. Please bear in mind that forward-looking statements in these project descriptions are subject to change.
The MTC continues the process of detailed planning, fund raising, volunteer construction, and oversight for each individual project. To find out how you can get involved, see Ways You Can Help.
Current and anticipated projects along the mainline trail include:
- Coraopolis & Neville Island Main Line Extension
- The Phase 1 main line extension to Coraopolis & Neville Island from the Mile 0 trailhead commenced in early Spring 2016. The expected completion for the extension to Montour Street is Fall 2016.
- Phase 2, which will involve a direct connection to the Neville Island bridge, will hopefully commence in 2017.
- Until Phase 2 is completed, the proposed on-road connection from the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in Pittsburgh through Neville Island will meet the start of the Montour Trail at Montour Street.
- A proposed on-road connection from the Ohio River Trail initiative will also eventually meet the start of the Montour Trail at Montour Street.
- Library Viaduct to Pleasant Street (MP35.5 to MP35.7)
- The Pleasant Street section will complete the trail from the northeast end of the Library Viaduct to Pleasant Street. Funding is in place, and a contractor was selected in the Spring, 2016. Completion is expected by the Fall, 2016.
- Pleasant Street to Stewart Road (MP35.7 to MP36.7)
- This section will be completed in two steps. The right of way is available for the first section from Pleasant Street to Wood Street and funding is currently being sought. Construction is planned for 2017, with completion expected in 2018. The MTC is working on an easement for the second section from Wood Street to Stewart Road before funding can be sought for construction.
- Piney Fork Road, South Park Township (MP39.1 to MP39.5)
- When this section is completed the trail will follow the old Pennsylvania Railroad Peters Creek branch right-of-way on the north side of Piney Fork Road. Clearing the right-of-way began in the winter of 2015-2016. Some construction funding is available and additional funding is being sought. A request for trail design proposals was let in May 2016. Construction is planned for spring 2017 with completion expected in the fall of 2017.