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Trail extension in question

This is in response to recent articles about the lack of a connection of the GAP (Great Allegheny Passage) Bike Trail to Point State Park. As a frequent rider on the GAP, I take issue with the need for the proposed extension.

My wife and I have ridden the entire trail to Cumberland, Md., in short segments. We have also ridden much of the connecting C&O Towpath from Cumberland to Washington, D.C. This was done over a period of many years, since we lack the time and ability to ride it continuously. So we have some knowledge of the entire trail experience.

One of the stated complaints was that we should be embarrassed that the trail doesn’t go to the point. I believe that spending nearly $3 million to “finish” the trail to Point State Park would be the true embarrassment. To spend that kind of money, either public or private, to extend the trail four city blocks, would be nice, but not a prudent investment in limited resources.

Instead, let’s install a nice sign at Grant Street announcing the terminus of the Great Allegheny Passage. This way the trail would have a proper end, rather than having it just stop.

Edward J. Beck

West Mifflin

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