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May 20, 2010

Boston - McKeesport - Duquesne PA Bike Trail

I had the opportunity today to ride from West Newton, PA to Duquesne PA round trip along the Great Allegheny Passage. It was really a nice day, there were a lot of people on the trail.

The last few times I rode this, I departed the Great Allegheny Passage at the Versailles bridge, and took a kludge of backstreets, alleys, and a paved trail winding through an industrial park to get to McKees Marina. This time I stayed on the GAP at Elizabeth Township, road through Boston, climbed the hill at the Durabond Bypass, and then entered McKeesport at midtown. This was a much better transition through the area and up to McKees Marina.

The real treat was that I got to ride the new sections of trail in McKeesport and Duquesne. Starting at the trailhead at McKees Marina, I took Fifth and Locust streets to the new trail. The new trail is paved and fenced, and leads to an awesome refurbished trail bridge across the river. On the other side, the trail is paved and ends at Grant Street in Duquesne, where you can pick up Route 837 for the road ride to SouthSide Works.

The new trail segments and the bridge are excellent, and if the quality of these new sections is repeated as the Duquesne-SandCastle gap is closed it'll be a remarkable accomplishment.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for a map of the trail through McKeesport. That part of the trail seems to be a secret.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the detailed route!

GAP Cyclist said...

Thank you for the detailed maps...they are very nice. I read something about repairs to the Boston bridge will result in bridge closures. Does this affect the bridge that the cyclist cross?

Vannevar said...

Hello GapCyclist, the Boston bridge closure should not affect your route. In the first map above, the Boston Bridge is the one between Versailles (north of the river) and Elizabeth Township (south of the river).

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