This in from Scott Everett, our Trail Steward:
In mid-December, I had the opportunity to see the progress of the construction of the section of the D&L Trail from the Nesquehoning Trestle to downtown Jim Thorpe. Unfortunately, the recent snow and onset of cold weather has more than likely put the project into winter shutdown.
When complete in Spring 2010, this completed section of trail will connect two historic canal towns – White Haven and Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe). The D&L is in preliminary design of the next link of the trail southward, which will cross the proposed Jim Thorpe pedestrian bridge. This bridge will take trail users back across the Lehigh River and connect to the recently completed section of trail in Weissport.
In addition, design is well under way for the 8.5-mile section of trail from the northern end of Lehigh Gorge State Park above White Haven to a new trailhead south of Mountaintop, along Route 437. We hope to have this project completed by the end of 2010.
The end result of these two projects will be an additional ten miles of surfaced trail added to the 26.5 mile stretch of D&L Trail in LGSP for a beautiful 36 mile trail through woodland, along natural lakes and marsh, and the Lehigh River.
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