Saturday, September 21, 2019

DCNR Identifies Top 10 Trail Gaps Across PA To Promote Restore PA Initiative

On September 20, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn was joined by September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance and local officials for a visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, and to discuss how the Restore PA Infrastructure Plan will address the most significant trail gaps across the state.
To highlight the issue, DCNR released a list of the Top 10 Trail Gaps in Pennsylvania that will cost at least $46 million to close to help the Commonwealth meet a goal of providing a trail within 15 minutes of every citizen.
The Top 10 Trail Gaps include--
-- Enola Low Grade Rail-Trail Safe Harbor Trestle Bridge, Lancaster County
-- Delaware & Lehigh Trail, Bridge Street Gap, Bucks County
-- East Coast Greenway, Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia
-- Buffalo Valley Rail Trail, Route 15 Lewisburg, Union County
-- Armstrong Trail, Brady Tunnel, Butler County
-- Enola Low Grade Trail, Martic Forge Bridge, Lancaster County
-- Lycoming Creek Bikeway, Williamsport Riverwalk, Susquehanna State Park Connection, Lycoming County
-- Oil Creek State Park Trail Gap, Venango County
-- Schuylkill River Trail, Wissahickon Gateway Gap, Philadelphia
-- Lower Trail To Canoe Creek State Park Gap, Blair County
"Trails connect us to many things, including in this case of to a 1,300-mile system that will allow users to experience breathtaking landscapes, new towns, and many memorials and historic places of remembrance and American resilience along the way," Dunn said. "Trail gap projects such as this require the type of investment that Restore Pennsylvania could provide."
A gap in the September 11th National Memorial Trail is a 20-mile, off-road trail from the Great Allegheny Passage to the Flight 93 National Memorial. 
The nonprofit September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance is working to complete a network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting the three 9/11 memorial sites in New York City, Arlington, Va., and Shanksville.
"This effort holds particular significance as the connection from the Great Allegheny Passage to the Flight 93 National Memorial will be the first project to construct trail solely under the banner of the September 11th National Memorial Trail," September 11th National Memorial Trail Executive Board Member Brett Hollern said. "We are extremely grateful for the existing trail systems who host our route and for all the tremendous work they have accomplished but we are equally thrilled how the scope of this project, with the leadership of Somerset County, will further the efforts of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance and set an example for future collaborations to advance our efforts."
The Great Allegheny Passage is a 150-mile trail stretching from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland.
For more information on trails throughout Pennsylvania, visit the Explore PA Trails website.
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