Ohio River Trail South Shore Feasibility Study

SGA was retained by the City of Aliquippa, PA on behalf of a consortium of communities and Beaver and Allegheny Counties to serve as the lead master planning consultants for a riverfront public access feasibility study. The goal of the project is to link eight separate urban south shore riverfront communities together, via a riverfront trail, and to develop a long term strategy to maximize public accessibility to the Ohio River’s edge through a network of public parks and open spaces. The approximate 12.5 miles of riverfront begins in Monaca Borough and terminates at the Montour Trailhead on the 75 acre former Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad (now CSX) engine service yard. This brownfields site is also being studied for conversion into a major Allegheny County-owned regional sport complex. The majority of the preliminary corridor aligns with current and future public rights of way through the Monaca Industrial Park in Monaca Borough and the former 5-mile long LTV Corp. Jones and Laughlin Aliquippa Steel Mill Complex site.

SGA is responsible for developing trail alignments, park and open space development guidelines and model zoning ordinances for multiple municipalities to ensure that new development can proceed in a manner that also allows for public access and circulation along the river’s edge. The project includes working with numerous stakeholders: including two county industrial development authorities; the regional riverfront coalition-Friends of the Riverfront; and the Ohio River Trail Council which is working on a large scale effort to create a contiguous trail network which parallels the Ohio River from Downtown Pittsburgh to the Ohio State Line, and beyond.