Allegheny County unveils plans for North Park trail

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Doubling the size of Ingomar Road as it runs through North Park could happen as soon as this summer, said Ron Schipani, acting director of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation during a meeting Tuesday night in the park’s Rose Barn.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald showed up in the middle of the meeting to show his support for the $2 million project. “This project is important, because it will provide safety in a dangerous part of that trail,” he said.

Bidding on the project will begin in February 2014, said Mr. Schipani. A 100-year-old water line will be moved before the roadwork begins, but the timeline depends on the contractor. Construction will last for approximately two months and may necessitate a complete closure of the one-mile section of Ingomar Road as it is widened from 6 to 12 feet during summer 2014.

The project is a collaboration among Allegheny County Parks, Allegheny County Parks Foundation, GAI Consultants and PennDOT. County officials have been hosting public meetings in North Park for the past two years in an effort to garner feedback and suggestions from park users.

Jill Cueni-Cohen, freelance writer:

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