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Delaware & Lehigh - New section of D&L Trail nears completion

Construction is underway on Lehigh County’s newest link in the D&L Trail. In late August, crews broke ground on a section of trail that will connect new trailheads in Laurys Station and Cementon. Unlike long portions of the trail that stick to the canal towpath, this section will be built on an abandoned railroad grade that follows the edge of the river.Crews work to clear new trail in Lehigh County.

Building a rail trail is tough work. Remaining timber ties and steel rails were removed, and large equipment expanded the bed to create space for a trail. The ballast was rolled and scraped to create a level base, and a new cinder surface was put down on top.After trees and shrubs are removed, the original rail ballast remains.

The new surface will provide over 3 miles of smooth riding and walking past historic mill remains, railroad infrastructure, and great views of the Lehigh River. When work is complete, the D&L will install new directional and interpretive signage at both trailheads and mile markers in between.A new surface goes down on the rolled ballast base.

Construction should be completed by November 1. Please check back for additional information on the official dedication of this important piece of trail.