Bike Paths Planned for Ohio River Greenway Trail
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
20 June 2015
By Katherine Schaeffer
The Ohio River Trail Council is moving forward with the first two
phases of its Ohio River Greenway Trail, planning to begin
construction in 2016 and seeking feedback on conceptual plans for
If approved, the Ohio River Greenway Trail will have paved,
well-marked bike lanes along low-speed, low-traffic roads to give
cyclists a safer alternative to heavily traveled Pennsylvania Bike
Route A, running along state Route 51, said Robert Genter,
director of Mackin Engineering Co., which is conducting
“The goal is safety for people using on-road bike routes,” he
Phase one of the bike route would extend the Montour Trail through
Coraopolis, to the Sewickley Bridge in Moon. The plan calls for
improving signage on Bike Route A, and branching the trail onto
secondary streets, said Bill Sweterlitsch, a trail council board
member and Coraopolis business owner.
“Particularly for families, give them an alternate route,” he
The trail council is awaiting approval from PennDOT to use federal
grant money, Sweterlitsch said. Phase one could cost about $1.5
million, he said.
Phase two, a route from the Sewickley Bridge to the Beaver County
Jail trailhead in Center, would take cyclists on municipal roads,
allowing them to access Glen Osborne, Aliquippa and Baden, said
Jack Manning, the trail council's director.
John Orndorff, a trail council director and Glen Osborne
councilman, said he has been visiting each municipality to present
the preliminary route.
“We're just asking, ‘How do you feel about this?' and ‘Would you
endorse it?' ” he said.
In some municipalities, narrow roads and limited parking pose a
challenge, Orndorff said. In Leetsdale, the trail council is
considering rerouting part of the bike path because community
feedback revealed it would take sidewalk parking away from a
church that lacks a parking lot.
Ambridge council is excited about the route bringing customers to
businesses. Members want to ensure its path will direct traffic to
Merchant Street, the borough's commercial hub, borough manager Joe
The proposal shows the route running along Duss Road, a wider
street running parallel to Merchant. The borough wants signs on
Duss directing cyclists to Merchant's amenities, Kauer said.
Municipalities on the route donated $200 to $2,000 toward hiring
Mackin Engineering to conduct feasibility studies, trail council
president Vincent Troia said.
The council received two $200,000 grants from PennDOT for the
studies, he said.
Katherine Schaeffer is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her
at 412-320-7832 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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