Pittsburgh Riverfronts

Mon Wharf Switchback


The Mon Wharf Switchback Ramp is a Riverlife project currently under construction that will connect trail users using the Smithfield Street Bridge, Eliza Furnace “Jail Trail” and Great Allegheny Passage safely and smoothly down to the eastern end of the Mon Wharf Landing, a linear park along the Monongahela River in downtown Pittsburgh. The ramp will be ADA accessible and fully lit at night.

Please note: In December 2017, construction of the Mon Wharf Switchback was shut down for the winter season. Work resumes in 2018 depending on weather conditions that will allow the contractor to proceed with the remaining work.

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.

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“Before” Photos

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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.