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Rankin, Braddock, North Braddock, East Pittsburgh & 

Turtle Creek Active Transportation Plan 

 

 



Meeting Minutes 

 

Date, Time, and Location

6:30pm July 20

th

, 2017 Turtle Creek Municipal Building 



 

Attendees

 

Kelley Kelley, Turtle Creek Mayor 



Deborah Brown, Braddock Borough Manager 

Jill Heilkel, Turtle Creek Borough 

Barb Ritts, Braddock 

Brian Sink, Braddock 

Maria Cruz, Braddock 

Roy Weil 

Dennis Simon 

Henry Boweden 

 

 

 



Discussion Items 

 

1.1



 

 John reviewed what Pashek + MTR had accomplished in the time since the previous 

meeting. Progress included: 

 

a)



 

Field views of the five communities to inform recommendations 

b)

 

Evaluation of corridors and creation of preliminary active transport infrastructure 



recommendations 

c)

 



Further site visits to confirm feasibility 

d)

 



Contacted the County to inquire about the possibility of using the flood control 

corridor as part of a local and regional trail. The inquiry was met with a positive 

response, which led to a tour of the flood control corridor with Ann Ogoreuc, Darla 

Cravotta, and Dave Wright, Allegheny County staff. All agreed a feasibility study 

would be in order to evaluate the feasibility of the corridor. 

 

1.2



 

Jess then presented the preliminary recommendations for pedestrian and bicycle 

improvements, refer to the attached map and spreadsheets. A summary of the proposed 

improvements is as follows: 

 

a)

 



Braddock Ave/Penn Ave Ext/Airbrake Ave is the only continuous route that 

connects all five communities without extensive grade changes or crossing of 

highways. Cooperation from RIDC to have a trail run parallel to the existing tracks on 

the back of the property and access through the flood control corridor are critical for 

keeping cyclists and pedestrians safe on this route. Braddock Ave becomes the Tri 


 

 

 



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Boro Expressway, which cannot be used safely for active transportation. ROW 

expansion would also be necessary where the proposed Floodgate trail reconnects 

to Braddock Ave to keep users off of the highway. This route would pass through 

the heart of downtown Braddock. A cycle track in this section would be possible, but 

it would remove one side of the metered street parking. This route would continue 

towards Carrie Furnace, where there are long term plans to reopen Hot Metal Bridge 

to pedestrians and cyclists, creating a safe connection to the GAP Trail. There is no 

current safe access, despite the bike lanes on Rankin Bridge. The route also passes 

through Rankin via Rankin Blvd, exiting the community along Miller Ave. 

 

b)

 



Wilkins Township has expressed interest in connecting to Turtle Creek and the 

proposed Interworks Trail through their own active transportation study. Committee 

members for that plan were adamant about finding a connection via Brown Ave and 

Larimer Ave. There is a pinch point on Brown Ave in Turtle Creek that is not safe for 

cyclists or pedestrians. If this pinch point cannot be diverted, the connection cannot 

be made. Pashek + MTR has highlighted this section to review more closely. The 

Larimer Ave connection is feasible by diverting traffic along calmer, parallel 

corridors. This alternative requires the reconstruction of two small trail bridges.  

 

c)

 



Bell Ave is another important connection between East Pittsburgh and North 

Braddock. The existing bridge is slated to be replaced in 2018. Pashek + MTR will 

inquire to see what pedestrian/cyclist accommodations are being made.   

 

d)



 

Most north/south connections require substantial elevation change. These 

connections include: 

 



 

Grant St/Maple Ave/James St (Turtle Creek) 

 

Main St/Brinton Ave/Pallas St/Wolfe Ave (East Pittsburgh and North 



Braddock) 

 



Library St/Jones Ave/Locust St (Braddock and North Braddock) 

 



Corey St/4

th

 St (Braddock and North Braddock) 



 

Kenmawr Ave (Rankin) 



 

1.3


 

John then discussed how these improvements could begin to be implemented, 

understanding cost is a major concern. Grants are a key way to help communities fund 

improvements, with varying match rates. Numerous improvements are also recommended 

along State/County roads. PennDOT has Transportation Alternatives Program and Multi‐

Modal Program. These programs are competitive funding programs which, if successful, 

the municipalities can access funding for implementing recommended active 

transportation features along active projects. The County also has an invested interest in 

improving active transportation, and is does look at how they can improve pedestrian and 

bicycle infrastructure along their roadways.  

 

1.4


 

John spoke in greater detail about the potential Floodgate connection. He said Dave 

Wright indicated it is positive that the rail is owned by Union Railroad, as they historically 

have been more cooperative than other rail companies. It was mentioned that Union 

Railroad and Turtle Creek have had some disputes over the years, primarily failing to 

maintain aging infrastructure. A suggestion was made that this might be an opportunity ‐ if 



 

 

 



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Union Railroad is struggling to maintain its infrastructure, it might be more willing to 

lease/provide easements for the trail if they no longer have to maintain it. John reminded 

the committee that this is still a long term project, and that it likely will take 5 to 10 years 

to implement. John emphasized the importance of the municipalities supporting the 

proposal, and working with County and State officials to keep it in the forefront.  

 

1.5


 

The final agenda item for the evening was planning the public meeting. John asked the 

committee if there was a preference between a presentation followed by Q&A or an open 

house format. The committee agreed that an open house format would be the preferred 

method. Turtle Creek offered the use of their community room for the open house.  

 

Next Steps 



 

1.6


 

The next meeting will be an open house public meeting held at the Turtle Creek Borough 

Building on September 20

th

, 2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm 



 

The information contained in these minutes was recorded by Pashek + MTR and represents our 

interpretation and understanding of the discussions that occurred during the meeting. Please 

notify Pashek + MTR within one week of distribution. Otherwise, minutes will be distributed as 

final, and assumed accurate as written. 

 

 



Prepared by:   

Jess Fegley 

 

Date Prepared: 



7/27/17 

 

Distributed to:   



Committee members 

 

 



 

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