Encouraging Almono to think big on active transport

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mjost7
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Handicapped accessible –yes this is mentioned in the RFP. Bikes are not specifically mentioned but there is some chance the actual design will include at least stair ramps. Perhaps Bike Pittsburgh can work with the City and PennDOT on them.

Yes a connector on the Duck Hollow side will be wonderful.

Has anyone here talked with Firends of the Riverfront on moving this connection forward? I spoke with ALMONO/RIDC but it is not on their site so it is out of their direct control.


StuInMcCandless
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*grumble*
In an ideal world, the politicians would be encouraging the parties responsible for work just outside the domain of the big project to work in concert with the keepers of the big project.

Here we are, with well defined needs, defined and repeated many times many years ago, just beyond the Almono site. Yes of course Duck Hollow and the Saline/Second/Greenfield fustercluck aren’t part of Almono. It isn’t necessary for them to be. But what should be happening is Someone In Charge saying, OK, Almono is taking on the big-ass project in the middle, now can we please get some attention on these two entry points?

OTOH, I can see where this can be abused, as well. Ideal world. Ideal world. Ideal for us, maybe. But I can also see where Someone In Charge could just as easily say, OK, Almono is working on the big-ass project, so let’s piggyback on that and dump something totally asinine just outside Almono’s realm, and nobody will notice because they will think it’s all part of the Almono thing.


paulheckbert
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yes, yes. I’d like to contact PennDOT to push for improved ramps & provisions for bicycles at the Glenwood Bridge. Can anyone recommend a PennDOT contact?


paulheckbert
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Uber planning to break ground at former LTV Coke Works in Hazelwood
“Uber said the Almono facility would be in place temporarily while the RIDC prepares the land for long-term housing and office development. City Councilman Corey O’Connor has said the test roadways could be in place three to five years and then removed.”
http://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2016/02/23/Uber-planning-to-break-ground-at-former-LTV-Coke-Works-in-Hazelwood/stories/201602230196


paulheckbert
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ALMONO has approved construction of a road from near Hot Metal Bridge to Hazelwood Ave. It will have a 10 foot wide bike path on the sidewalk. It looks good as far as it goes, but the northwest end doesn’t show a connection to the Hot Metal Bridge. It appears to tee into Second Ave SE of the existing UPMC parking lot’s traffic light, probably here: https://goo.gl/maps/C6mhik8kSav. Would the only off-road connection to HMB be the existing sidewalk, which has telephone poles and fire hydrants in the middle of it? See map & diagram: http://friendsoftheriverfront.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Hazelwood-Phase-1.pdf


abf
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@paulheckbert In these pdf sheets from 2011, a 12′ bike trail is shown that joins the stub of the trail off the Hot Metal Bridge. See this map for reference.

Perhaps this will somehow connect to the “main boulevard” trail.


paulheckbert
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@abf: That looks just like the temporary trail that was built a few years ago. I assume that remnants of that trail (crushed limestone on the ground) still exist, but if the plan was to connect the new-road-with-bike-lane to that NW end of the old trail, it’s curious that the new map didn’t show it.


dfiler
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There’s so much grading to do on the site that my assumption is that no previous roads or trails will be preserved. The entire area will likely be closed until the development is complete. Or at least closed until the infrastructure, utilities and some of the buildings are complete. I’m not expecting to be able to ride through there for at least another 4 years. :(

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