What is in progress?
There are many projects that are ongoing along the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Corridor. Below are highlights of some of the trail projects that are currently in progress.
The City of Corry is located on the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail corridor. After years of continued decline in business, the community now has a buzz about it, and the energy continues to grow to reinvent this community as a town that outdoor recreation visitors, as well as those interested in history, will want to stop at and visit.
Small steps lead to bigger things. In 2019, Impact Corry along with a new community project the "Blue Zone" hosted a ceremony to unveil a trail kiosk and bike "Fixit" station that was installed on property that Impact Corry purchased from one of the short line railroads to use as a gateway to the community for travelers heading north into the City via Route 77 and for the future trail that will connect Corry south to Spartansburg.
Impact Corry and other organizations are now working with Penn DOT as they prepare their designs for improvements on Route 426 (also serves as Center Street for the community) to design a bike route to connect to the Corry Junction Trail (that currently ends a short distance from Center Street on the northside of the community) to the downtown business district.
Armstrong Trail - Brady Tunnel
In November of 2018, DCNR award Clarion County/Allegheny Valley Land Trust (now Armstrong Trails) $829,400 for Phase I rehabilitation of the northern portal of the Brady Tunnel. Scope of work included 100% of the engineering/design, 52’ of tunnel liner and diversion of water over the portal. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on May 20, 2019. Construction began September 2019 and was completed in December 2019.
In 2019, DCNR awarded Clarion County/Allegheny Valley Land Trust (now Armstrong Trails) $500,000 for Phase II. Additional match fund provided by DQE Communication along with the Rails to Trails Conservancy Doppelt Grant for the reconstruction of the southern sluice. Scope of work on Phase II includes reconstruction of the southern sluice and an additional 75’ of steel liner in the northern portal. Construction on Phase II will begin early April 2020, with a projected completion timeline late Spring 2020.
While the tunnel will not be open after Phase II, it does further the project. Additional grant/foundation funding sources are being sought. Engineering/design will continue through Spring of 2020.
Three Rivers Heritage Trail - Etna Riverfront Park & Trail
On June 3, 2019, there was a groundbreaking ceremony on the Etna Riverfront Park and Trail. This is the culmination of 10 years of work by various partner organizations with Etna Borough.
Phase I of the project will include the construction of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Phase II of the project will include the park. This project will tentatively be completed in 2020 with a total of $2.3 million invested.