Great news for the Great Allegheny Passage in Pittsburgh!
Today I guided yet another person through the city and to the start of the GAP. A couple forum members here are aware of the dreaded Route 837 which leads to Mckeesport and the start of the GAP.
I have a few tricks up my sleeve to avoid much of the busy section but other than traveling twice the distance down the Montour Trail and avoiding all of 837, there was never a good way to avoid the last 5 or so miles of Route 837.
Well that is now history! The trail from Homestead to Mckeesport is now fully opened!
The full trail opened unofficially just 2 days ago. I was honored to be one of the first "civilians" to ride this wonderful trail. The official opening of this section is June 17th. They still have some fencing to put up so they have kept things quiet until this occurs. If you happen to stumble on it till then then they don't mind that you ride it. So just keep the news hush, hush till then.
The trail is beautiful! They have done a fantastic job! It is all asphalt all the way from Homestead to Mckeesport. Much of the trail is up and away from the rail lines that share this route.
There are several awesome bridges that cross the rail line when needed.
This is fantastic news for the GAP and Pittsburgh!