The Allegheny Trail Alliance is now counting down the feet to the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage, a bike trail that extends from Cumberland, Md., to Pittsburgh expected to be finished by next spring.
Linda McKenna Boxx, the alliance's president, said today that two of the remaining three segments that would bridge where the trail dead-ends in Baldwin and Sandcastle either have contractors or have bids prepared. She expects work to begin on those sections in October.
The one piece that remains -- which spans part of Sandcastle -- will take longer because it requires widening Sandcastle Drive and moving utility poles. Ms. Boxx said the work will be done by next spring -- or earlier depending on the weather.
Ms. Boxx began work on the trail 20 years ago and formed the alliance in 1995. Starting then, people started to ask "When is going to be done?" Ms. Boxx recalled.
"There were so many obstacles," she said. "It'll be so nice to say, 'It's done.'"
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