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May News and Alerts
along the Great Allegheny Passage

GAP to Reopen Near Boston

The Regional Trail Corporation and Elizabeth Township will reopen a 10-mile section of the Great Allegheny Passage near Boston, Pa. on May 1, after a five-month closure to replace sewer lines running underneath the trail.  The project included a complete resurfacing and widening of the trail and the replacement of damaged culverts.  The new surface will remain soft through the spring, so please travel carefully.  Please note that periodically the contractors and trail maintenance vehicles will be doing final adjustments and short detours or closures may be required. Big thanks to volunteers from the Mon/Yough Trail Council for coordinating the complicated details of this effort.             

Mile Zero Medallion Unveiled

On April 21, board and staff of the Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy unveiled a new "mile zero" marker for the Great Allegheny Passage at Canal Place in Cumberland, Maryland.  This beautiful bronze medallion, measuring 48 inches in diameter, and encased by polished granite slabs on four sides, honors Cumberland’s position as a historic transportation hub and evokes a similar marker at Point State Park. The medallion, created by Landesberg Design with input from volunteers at Mountain Maryland Trails, was fabricated and installed with private donations and proceeds from TrailGuide.  

Fix-It Stations Put In between Boston and West Newton

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor to the Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy, two new Dero Fix-it Stations await you along the Great Allegheny Passage in 2021.  One is at mile marker 126 at a pavilion near between Boston and Buena Vista, and the other is at Dravo Campground.  Big thanks to volunteers from the Mon/Yough Trail Council for installing these new amenities.  Each is equipped with a set of commonly-used bicycle repair tools and an air pump.  

Register Now for GAP Relay 

Get your team registered for the 2021 GAP Relay Presented by UPMC Health Plan, a 24-leg team running relay to be held October 15 and 16 between Pittsburgh's South Side and Cumberland.  Each runner on an eight-person team takes three legs during this overnight challenge, and we'll outfit exchange zones and rest stops along the way.  Professionally managed by P3R, the engine behind the region's favorite races and runs, this year's event offers a shorter, 60-mile one-day option for teams of four, starting in Confluence.

Bicycling Magazine Names GAP to Top Ten Trail List

Bicycling Magazine named the Great Allegheny Passage first in its list of the ten "Best Long Rail Trails in the U.S" in its April, 2021 issue, noting that the GAP is "the perfect place to try your first week-long bike tour." With 14 major bridges and four tunnels through the Allegheny Mountains, plus trail towns like Frostburg and Connellsville, the editors say "it belongs on your bucket list."    
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