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Written By H. Scott Everett, D&L Trail Manager
Forgive me if I do not wish for a white Christmas this year and hope for a mild winter. I am pleased to let everyone know that work has begun on the section of D&L Trail from Laury’s Station to Slatington, a distance of 6.5 miles. The scope of work also includes the construction of a new trailhead at Cove Road, immediately south of the Route 145 bridge near Treichlers.
The project is being undertaken by Lehigh County with the D&L providing design, survey, permitting funding and project management. This is the third project under this partnership – the first two being the section of trail near the Lehigh Gap Nature Center and the section of recently completed trail from Cementon to Laury’s.
In addition, work has also restarted on the building at the Slatington Trailhead. The D&L has designed and received permitting to finish the trailhead in the Spring of 2011.
I am very excited about construction of this section of trail. When added to the other completed sections north of this project and the additional three miles to be constructed early next year from the county line north, trail users will now have a continuous length of approximately 15 miles.
This section of trail will expose users to sections of the Lehigh River previous inaccessible due to private property issues. Headed northward, users will be able to connect to the Slate Heritage Trail, AT and the new Lehigh County boat launch just south of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.
I will post updates and photo as the project progresses.