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Montour Trail Flood Damage

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The Montour Trail suffered severe damage from flooding in the Peters Creek watershed on June 20.  In South Park Township nearly a mile of limestone trail surface will need to be replaced and between Large and Clairton over 700 feet of asphalt was washed away.  Altogether the flood damage is estimated at over $100,000.

We are asking trail users for donations to help with the cost of materials for restoration of the South Park section of trail.  The cost of restoration of this section of trail was estimated to be about $20,000.  The repairs will be performed by volunteers.  The donated funds are being placed in the checking account of the South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail, a Montour Trail Council sub-group whose mission is maintenance of the trail between Library and Clairton.  Periodically funds will be transferred to a Montour Trail Council restricted account where they will only be available for South Park area trail restoration.  As of 8/7 the Go Fund Me has generated donations of $5041.52 and donations from all sources have totaled $7,928.52.  As of 7/16 $5,258.68 was transferred to the Trail Council restricted account and another $1,225 in donations were made directly to the Trail Council.  Additional funds will be transferred on 8/9.
As of 8/7 volunteers have restored 3,600 feet of trail in two of the three sections needing restoration and have started work on the third section.  Almost all of the restoration costs are for the purchase of stone (of various sizes) for filling in holes, leveling the trail and laying a crushed limestone surface to replace the surface that was washed away.  We have not received bills yet, but have taken delivery of 21 triaxle loads of stone, at an estimated cost of $11,500.  We expect to need another 10 triaxle loads at a cost of $5,000 to $6,000.  We may also need several loads of rip rap to protect several areas of stream bank from future erosion, but a decision on that has not yet been made.  Placement of the stone and the actual repair work has been performed by unpaid volunteers using Montour Trail Council owned equipment.  Through 8/6 volunteers had donated 330 hours of labor to perform the restoration work, including 51 hours by David Oyler.  We hope to finish restoring the South Park trail section by the end of August.

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2018/07/04/montour-trail-repairs-to-cost-100k/ - Marty Griffin story about flood damage (KDKA News).
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Volunteers finished resurfacing the last damaged section of trail in South Park Township on 8/20. Completing the work required 518 hours of work by 15 volunteers and an estimated $17,500, most of it for the 724 tons of stone used to fill in holes in the trail and lay the new limestone surface. Several volunteers have also been working between Large and Clairton to repair flood damage and stream bank damage in that area, but the details and cost data for that work are not yet available. The cost of the Large/Clairton work is certain to exceed the cost of the South Park trail restoration. On 8/20 the MTC Board of Directors also voted to approve spending up to $75,000 to repave 750 feet of damaged asphalt trail. I would like to thank the many people who donated over $8,100 (Go Fund Me and direct donations) to help pay for the needed trail repairs. The attached photos show some of the limestone used to complete the South Park trail surfacing (3 truckloads of the 24 used) and the spreader box sitting where the last limestone was laid.
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Volunteers finished preparing the trail east of Triphammer Road (MP38.6 to MP38.9) for laying the new trail surface on Wednesday, 8/15. On 8/17 they laid about 1,200 feet of new limestone trail surface, including limestone over the worst washed out part of the trail east of Triphammer. About 1,200 to 1,300 feet of trail still needs to be resurfaced. We hope to finish that on Monday, 8/20. Through 8/17 volunteers have donated 470 hours and the Trail Council has spent about $16,000 on stone. The total cost of the South Park trail restoration work is estimated to be $17,000 to $18,000.
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Volunteers began filling in the washouts east of Triphammer Road on August 6. We placed two triaxle loads of R-5 rock (40 tons) in the deep holes. We will follow up with #4 rock, #3 and 2B over the next week to fill shallower holes and voids in the R-5.
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The area in the cover photo is shown in the two attached photos, taken on 7/28. Volunteers laid the new limestone surface on 7/27.
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