New trailhead coming to Lebanon Valley Rail Trail

Written by John Latimer/Lebanon Daily News | Oct 22, 2015 12:42 PM

Bikers ride on the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail where it passes beneath Route 72 in Cornwall Borough, near where a new trailhead with parking will be built off Alden Way next spring. The orange barricades will be removed, county transportation planners said. (Michael K. Dakota - Lebanon Daily News)

(Lebanon) -- A new trailhead to the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail is coming soon to Cornwall Borough.

The Lebanon County commissioners last week authorized the county planning department to move forward on arranging construction of a trailhead near the latest phase of Alden Place off Route 117, which is also called Ironmaster Road.

The project will be paid for with a $90,652 Multimodal Transportation Funds grant from PennDOT, said county transportation planner Tom Kotay. The 30 percent required match will be covered with land donated by Alden Place owner Louie Hurst and cash from LVRT Inc.

"Louie Hurst gave us the land at Alden Place and actually put the surface down already," Kotay said. "The additional funds we are getting of $90,652 will wrap up the remaining work at the trailhead and at the access point to the trailhead."

The trailhead improvements will include signage and adding 19 parking spaces, which will make it safer for rail trail users who currently park along Route 117, explained Kotay. The paved area is already serving double-duty during the week as an informal park and ride location, he added.

"This trailhead is really necessitated because if you were ever out in this area on weekends you would see lots of cars parking on the shoulder of Route 117, or Ironmaster Road," he said. "It's a very dangerous situation."

The project should be put out for bid by the end of the year with construction starting next spring.

Meanwhile improvements to the popular Cornwall Borough trailhead at Route 419 and Boyd Street is nearing completion, Kotay said.

"We have some additional paving to do but we are getting close to being finished," he said.


This article comes to us through a partnership between Lebanon Daily News and WITF.


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