Pittsburgh Riverfronts

Mon Wharf Switchback


The Mon Wharf Switchback Ramp is a Riverlife project in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh to fill a vital missing link in downtown Pittsburgh’s riverfront park and trail system. Currently under construction, the switchback will connect trail users using the Smithfield Street Bridge, Three Rivers Heritage Trail and Great Allegheny Passage down to the eastern end of the Mon Wharf Landing, a linear park along the Monongahela River in downtown Pittsburgh. Users will eventually be able to ride the riverfront trail directly into Point State Park via the western end of the Mon Wharf to reach the western terminus of the Great Allegheny Passage. The ramp will be ADA accessible and fully lit at night. Completion is anticipated in 2018.

RELATED: The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), which opens and operates Point State Park, is currently planning an improved trail connection from the western end of the Mon Wharf into Point State Park. Read more about DCNR’s Point State Park Connector.

RELATED: Riverlife recently completed the implementation of improvements to the crosswalk at Grant Street and Fort Pitt Boulevard. Known as “Grant Street Crossing,” the project aims to create a clearer, safer route to access the Monogahela River waterfront for trail users.

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Project Partners

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
City of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Parking Authority


After the Mon Wharf Landing opened to the public in 2009, creating new riverfront public open space on what was formerly rows of parking spaces, Riverlife began planning and fundraising for a connection on the eastern end of the Landing up to the Smithfield Street Bridge.  When this connection is in place, the Mon Wharf switchback ramp will create a riverfront route for non-motorized trail users to enter into Point State Park.

Riverlife has taken a leadership role in the planning, permitting, and fundraising of the Mon Wharf Switchback, and construction is in joint partnership with the City of Pittsburgh. Site preparation for construction of the Switchback began in April of 2017.