JIM THORPE, April 5, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) participated in a groundbreaking ceremony today for a new pedestrian bridge along the Delaware & Lehigh (“D&L”) National Heritage Corridor Trail that will connect Jim Thorpe to the Weissport section of Carbon County.
The project will cost an estimated $3.3 million including $2 million from the Transportation Alternative Program and a $1 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration which is administered by PennDOT. The pedestrian bridge, that will span the Lehigh River, is expected to be completed by November of 2017.
“Northeastern Pennsylvania’s scenic mountains, forests, and rivers will now have greater connectivity to the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor that attracts thousands upon thousands of visitors to our region each year,” said Senator Yudichak.
The D&L trail extends nearly uninterrupted from Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County to Easton in Northampton County. In the last few years, several projects have been completed or commenced to unify the trail including the Middleburg Road Crossing Project— which upgraded the Black Diamond section of the trail—as well as the Carbon and Lehigh Valley Connectivity Projects.
“The Jim Thorpe pedestrian bridge is one of the most significant projects in the trail’s history,” said Senator Yudichak. “The bridge will connect the D&L trail to historic downtown Jim Thorpe and greatly enhance the growing tourism economy in Carbon County.”
Senator Yudichak also noted that the D&L trail generates nearly $240 million for the local economy, helps attract more than 25.6 million people to the Pocono Mountains region every year, and supports 3,323 jobs.
“This is the kind of good stuff that happens when people work together. The long awaited Carbon County pedestrian bridge will connect the northern section of the D&L Trail to the Lehigh Valley and beyond,” said D&L National Heritage Corridor Executive Director Elissa Garofalo. “It wouldn’t be possible without support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through PennDOT, DCNR and the State Legislature.”