Volunteers sought to repair storm damage on Montour Trail

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Parts of the Montour Trail were severely damaged by Wednesday's storms and trail officials are seeking help from volunteers to make repairs.

Damage ranging from downed trees to rutted or washed-out surfaces was reported across much of the trail, which follows a 46-mile corridor from Coraopolis to Clairton, board member Ned Williams said.

Volunteers began on Thursday to clear trees and repair the damaged surfaces. Mr. Williams said he hoped the trail would be passable in all areas by Saturday but that users, especially cyclists, should be cautious. Cyclists may have to walk their bikes through some areas, he said.

Dedication of a new 0.8-mile section near Triphammer Road in South Park will go on as planned at 1 p.m. Saturday, he said. Crews are working to restore about 2,000 feet of trail in that area that was washed away by floodwaters.

Those interested in helping can get contact info at www.montourtrail.org. The website also a link on its home page link to six "friends" groups that maintain specific sections of the trail.

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Jon Schmitz: jschmitz@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1868. Visit the PG's transportation blog, The Roundabout, at www.post-gazette.com/Roundabout. Twitter: @pgtraffic. First Published July 12, 2013 4:15 AM


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