Preparing for spring on the BVRT
LEWISBURG — 2014 will be a big year for the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail with expansion projects getting underway. The Buffalo Valley Rail Trail extension will get underway in 2014 and will continue in phases, according to Samantha Pearson, of the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority.
Pearson said, “We want to acknowledge that this is hard to conceive of as one project. We are calling it Phase Two, but it has many different components and they are spread out along all of the municipalities that the Rail Trail touches.”
She gave a list of the main projects. They are listed as follows.
1) new bike racks and benches
2) a new trail head being designed and built in East Buff alo Township where the trail ends at 12th Street
3) design for a grade crossing at Route 15 in Lewisburg
4) final design and construction of what is called the “L” in Lewisburg, which is a segment of trail that will connect to Hufnagle Park
Shawn McGlaughlin is planning director in Union County and says the expansion of the trail will be good news for the many people who use it. They had Bucknell complete a study for them on usage of the trail.
McGlaughlin said, “Bucknell’s Department of Civil Engineering did some research and they found that there are about 400 users a day on the Rail Trail. They estimate that over a period of a year, there is about 80,000 to 100,000 distinct visits to the trail.”
Now that Spring is just around the corner, the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority is requesting help from the community to clean up the Rail Trail by picking up litter, removing brush and trimming trees. The cleanup is Saturday April 12th beginning at 1 p.m. Participants can meet at Buffalo Valley Outfitters at 12:30 p.m. for an informational meeting. (Ali Stevens)
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