This Riverlife-led project set out to improve the pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Grant Street and Fort Pitt Boulevard, while also creating a more visible portal to the riverfront.
The Grant Street Crossing project is the first of three phases intended to create access so people can more easily reach the Monongahela River, and serves as a welcoming gateway for Great Allegheny Passage riders reaching downtown Pittsburgh.
Vertical pylons, paint, new crossing signals and upgraded signage installed throughout November and December of 2017 create a welcoming gateway intended to delineate a clear cyclist and pedestrian route across Grant Street. The project also celebrates riverfront trail entry into Pittsburgh for the thousands of cyclists on the Great Allegheny Passage who end their journey at Point State Park.
The Grant Street Crossing improvements connect pedestrians and cyclists from the Eliza Furnace Trail, which carries the Great Allegheny Passage across Grant Street to the existing pedestrian flyway leading to the Smithfield Street Bridge. There trail users will take the Mon Wharf Switchback ramp (Phase II, under construction) to the riverfront and will continue traveling west along the water to the Point State Park Connector (Phase III, in planning) and into Point State Park. The fountain at the Point is the centerpiece of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail system, and the western terminus of the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage, which links Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD.
Story and photos by Riverlife
Technique was responsible for engineering, fabricating, and installing the 29 vertical pylons that line the pedestrian crossing.