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.

Armstrong Trail - Brady Tunnel
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Clarion County,  received a Community Conservation Partnership Program Grant of $2,441,700, for the development of the Armstrong Trail in Brady Township, Clarion County. Work will include rehabilitation of the Brady Tunnel; ADA access, landscaping, project sign, and other related site improvements.

 

The Armstrong Trail, is owned and maintained by the Armstrong Trails and is one of the trails on the network of trails that are being weaved together developing the main spine of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Corridor. 

The grants are administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and were created to promote conservation and recreation-focused projects and programs. They are awarded to municipalities and authorized non-profit organizations for recreation, park, and conservation projects.

More information on this project can be obtained by Contacting Chris Ziegler at chriszavlt@gmail.com

East Branch Trail
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The PA Department of Conservation Natural Resources announced in late December 2021 that the Clear Lake Authority in eastern Crawford County) has been awarded $500,000 to construct 0.2 miles of trail, and rehabilitate the Sportsman Road Bridge (an old Railroad bridge).  These dollars were matched with $500,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission for the development of approximately 5 miles of the East Branch Trail. 

 

These two projects plus the additional approximate three miles of trail from Hydetow north toward Centerville seeks to complete nearly 9 miles of trail by the end of 2024.     The East Branch Trail, on the main spine of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail, currently has just over 3 miles of improved trail that runs through the quaint borough of Spartansburg.  Contact Kim Harris at kharris@oilregion.org.

Corry, PA Trail Extention
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The City of Corry received a 2021 Community Conservation Partnership Program grant of $73,000 for the development of the Corry Junction Trail.   The work in this project includes the construction of approximately 0.4 miles of trail in the City from Route 6 to Elk Street, a trailhead, ADA Access, landscaping, a project sign, and other site-related improvements.  This project is funded with Keystone Community funds. Contact Marty Radock at  meradock@neo.rr.com.

Kisiki Junction Rail Corridor and Bridge Acquired for Armstrong Trails Development    
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 August 2022 - Great news to share, Armstrong County has acquired the Kiski Junction Corridor and Bridge. Armstrong County received funding from PennDOT and Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission’s Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside grant program. The Kiski Junction Corridor and Bridge further develop Armstrong Trails in Armstrong and Westmoreland Counties by 14 miles.

Armstrong Trails and Armstrong County realize the economic and social growth trails bring to a region. Armstrong Trails is on the main spine of the 270-mile Erie to Pittsburgh Trail, and 320-mile Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway. Along with the 220-mile PA Wilds Loop to the north and the 5-state, 1500+mile Industrial Heartlands Trail.

Power in Partnership with Armstrong County and Armstrong Trails. A special thank you to Commissioners Myers, Fabian, and Renshaw for getting this journey started.

Chris Ziegler, Director of the Armstrong Trails reminds everyone that at this time, the corridor still has railroad tracks, is undeveloped, and is not open to the public. 

More information on this project can be obtained by Contacting Chris Ziegler at chriszavlt@gmail.com

The Ritchey Run Bridge and Connector Trail  in Emlenton
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