Although the Montour Trail was hit hard by Wednesday’s torrential rain and high winds, the opening ceremony for a new bridge focusing on the area’s steelmaking heritage and an eight-tenths-of-a-mile section of the rails-to-trails conversion in South Park Township is scheduled to go on as planned at 1 p.m. today. The segment along Piney Fork Creek, from Triphammer Road to Piney Fork Road, includes a 115-foot truss bridge with a wooden deck, refurbished and finished by volunteers, over the Piney Fork stream. Originally built in 1920, the structure was used as a footbridge for workers at a Monessen steel mill before being acquired by the Montour Trail Council. Emblems of three different steel companies are visible on the bridge.
The ceremony will take place at the new Triphammer Road trailhead near the bridge. Because parking at the site is limited, attendees are encouraged to walk or bike to the event from other Montour trailheads, such as Piney Fork Road, Brownsville Road Extension and Stewart Road. Only a few gaps remain in the Montour Trail’s main line, which extends 47 miles from Coraopolis to Clairton through northern Washington County.
Ned Williams, trail liaison, said volunteers have been working hard to clear fallen trees and fill in washed-out areas that were hit hard “in that center band when the rains came through.”
Additional information about the Montour Trail can be found at www.montourtrail.org or by calling 412-257-3011.