Sheetz Rest Stop on Great Allegheny Passage

Last Edited by alalli

The town of Confluence PA is perfectly situated at the half-way point between McKeesport PA and Cumberland, MD along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) recreation trail. Bicyclers routinely ride the route all the way from DC to Pittsburgh, but others just head to Ohiopyle and circle back at Confluence.


The last gas station in Confluence burned down recently. http://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2016/06/26/A-trail-town-mourns-the-loss-of-its-only-gas-station/stories/201606260076 They need a gas station, and the opportunity is there to test market a rest stop format of Sheetz directly on the GAP. It could also service cross country skiers in the winter. Route 281 crosses the GAP and is a main road suited for Sheetz. If built, care should be taken to ensure the town prospers as a result of the facility - it should not steal business from others, but rather draw business in for all to share. As the midpoint of the trail, it could become a destination where a hotel could be added, enticing people to ride the 10 miles into Ohiopyle.


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