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North Park Lake Trail to be widened along Ingomar Road

| Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 11:55 p.m.

A narrow stretch of paved trail in Allegheny County's North Park will double in width this summer.

PennDOT, the county and the Allegheny County Parks Foundation will collaborate to widen a two-mile segment of North Park Lake Trail, which loops around North Park Lake, from about 6 feet wide to 12 feet, said Ron Schipani, the acting director of the parks foundation.

A portion of the trail runs alongIngomar Road, separated from the street by only a white line on the asphalt.

PennDOT planned repairs to Ingomar Road for the summer and worked with the park to include improvements to the trail, Schipani said. The county will replace water lines under the road.

The trail is too narrow to safely accommodate bicycle traffic and joggers or walkers, said Robert Habegger, a member of Friends of North Park and the Pittsburgh Trail Advocacy.

“Safety — that's No. 1 on my list,” he said. “Sometimes it puts people on the street, and that's not a good thing.”

A proposed option for the trail included in a master plan completed in 2012 would form separate lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians. The county, the parks foundation and PennDOT will provide details to residents during a public meeting on Tuesday in McCandless.

PennDOT and the county will share the $2 million cost of the project, said Darla Cravotta, manager of special projects for the county.

County and PennDOT officials did not know how much each would contribute.

Crews will start work in the summer and should finish within about 45 days, Schipani said.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at412-320-7986 or aaupperlee@tribweb.com.

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