PITTSBURGH, PA (November 25, 2020) The City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure has opened a new asphalt trail along Washington Boulevard, connecting the existing bike lanes on Negley Run Boulevard to the Bud Harris Cycling Track. The project creates a safe and separated shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists to travel along Washington Boulevard, where there is no existing sidewalk. Tree plantings and other landscaping were also included in the project.
Before the project, there was no safe way to travel along Washington Boulevard for pedestrian and bike travelers other than navigating the grass and parking lots of the fire and police facilities. In coming years the City hopes to continue the trail system toward the Allegheny River as further funding becomes available. DOMI is also working with PWSA and the Army Corps of Engineers to incorporate trails in the stormwater project(s) they are pursuing on the northern side of the cycling track.
The cost of the project was $678,974.75. Contract bids were opened in October 2019 and construction was to begin in March 2020, but was delayed due to COVID-19. Construction began in May. Contractors and partners included: CH&D Enterprises, Inc. as prime contractor, Mackin Engineering Co. as the lead designer, PennDOT District 11-0 as project partner and administrator of federal funds.