Trail Expansion Updates

Ironton Rail-Trail received $390,000 in combined grants to expand trailhead parking in Whitehall and improve a crosswalk in North Whitehall.

  • Whitehall Township awarded $320,000 in 2022 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside project funding through PennDOT to expand the Ironton Rail Trail trailhead parking area from 36 to 72 spaces as well as pave the expanded parking area and construct stormwater management improvements including a rain garden.
  • North Whitehall Township awarded $70,000 in 2022 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside project funding through PennDOT. Project will improve safety at an Ironton Rail-Trail crosswalk along SR 1017 (Mauch Chunk Road) and Quarry Street by adding pavement markers to alert drivers of trail-user crossing and to improve visibility by adding two rectangular rapid flashing beacons on both sides of the crosswalk.

The Jordan Creek Greenway received a $1 million award to South Whitehall Township through PennDOT’s 2022 Transporation Alternatives Set-Aside funding to extend the existing trail by 1 mile from Wehr Mill Road to Lapp Road within Covered Bridge Park. The project includes a shared-use path, landscape plantings, wayfinding signage, and intersection pedestrian and ADA upgrades!

The Nor-Bath Trail received $300,000 awarded to Northampton County through Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) 2022 Community Conservation Partnership Program to construct a new trail segment from Jacksonville Road in East Allen to Mill Street in Bath, including ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.

Connectivity between Bushkill Township Trail and Plainfield Township Recreation Trail via Jacobsburg State Park will be improved with a $654,000 PA DCNR 2022 Community Conservation Partnership Program grant awarded to Northampton County for development of a 1.2-mile segment of the Two Rivers Trailway. Funds will support construction of the trail from Henry Road in Bushkill Township to State Route 191 in Plainfield Township, as well as construction of two trailheads, two at-grade road crossings, landscaping and ADA access.

The $7 million dedication announced in November 2022 will progress the The D&L Trail in the Lehigh Valley. The majority of the funds ($2 million then Senator Pat Browne secured through the PA State budget and $3 million from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)) will be used to design and construct the D&L Trail on the eastern side of the Lehigh River (Canal Side) in Catasauqua, Hanover, and Allentown. When complete, this will provide a continuous route through the Lehigh Valley connecting 140 miles of trail miles from Bristol, Bucks County to Mountain Top, Luzerne County. The remaining $2 million of PADCNR’s funds, PADCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced, have been awarded to and will be matched by Lehigh County to acquire the D&L Trail alignment on the western side of the Lehigh River, the last piece of privately owned property needed to design and build the West Bank Rail Trail and complete the Lehigh Valley Loop of the D&L Trail.