An official from the D & L National Heritage Corridor, the organization created to preserve the 165-mile trail that links Wilkes-Barre to Philadelphia, told Mountaintop residents Sept. 20 about efforts to develop and maintain the trail. Speaking before the Wright Township Planning Commission, Elissa Garofalo, president of the D & L Corridor related that the “home stretch” of completing the trail is here and, by 2020, it will be finished.
“It’s a wonderful recreation idea,” Thomas Urosevich, of Wright’s Planning Commission, told Garofalo, as about two dozen residents, including supervisors from various Mountaintop townships, nodded in agreement.
Garofalo explained that renovating and maintaining the trail and corridor not only provides health benefits and recreation to those who use it, but also boosts the local economy and increases property values. Also, there’s the historic value as there are over 100 points along the trail where information about the D & L line and its background are provided.
The D & L National Heritage Corridor was established 25 years ago to preserve this historic pathway that carried coal and iron between the two cities. Garofalo described the ongoing work that has been happening along the trail and noted that it is 88 percent complete. With it being the longest trail in Pennsylvania, running through five counties and three state parks, the project has been costly and challenging, she said.
Finishing the last 12-percent of the project, which will cost $5.8 million, the Corridor is working to manage and spread the funds from 14 different grants. Of connecting all 165 miles by 2020, Garofalo stated, “We have our work cut out for us, but we are up to the task and we are making it happen.”
This area, from Wilkes-Barre to the Lehigh Gap, is known as the Anthracite Region. An estimated
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