Jan 10 2012

LHHT January 2012

Ventured out on the LHHT for an overnight winter hike with the usual crew: Sherpa, Legs, Ring Tone, Father Time and a new addition Sundance.  Thanks to Sherpa and Legs for having the shelters all ready to go by the time the rest of us arrived at the TurnPike shelters for the overnight stay – they arrived early and graciously had a fire awaiting our arrival.  A beautiful night with a clear and near full moon nearly eliminating the need for a headlamp on the hike into the shelters.  Morning arrived with an awesome sunrise and a great day of hiking ahead of the group along the LHHT on an atypical January winter day.   The entire timing of the trip was set around the supposed official opening of the turnpike bridge, however that as we found out was delayed by some measure of weeks.   Not letting that stopping us we went on as planned with boots on the ground intel provided by our ultra marathon runner with some real time imagery exhibiting a fully open and cross-able bridge.  So we carried on with our plans to stay the night at the turnpike bridge and hike south the following day finishing up at RT 31.  Video included on the CatchTech Adventures youtube page.


Mar 11 2011

Laurel Highlands Trail Turnpike Bridge

The Somerset Daily American has recently reported that new bridge spanning the PA Turnpike will be finished this year.  The bridge that had oringinally been constructed in 1970 was removed in 2010 due to structural integrity.  The bidding process opened March 10th which should signal that construction should be in the near future.  Upon reviewing all the bids the Design constructions officials will award the contract with the apparently intentions of having the newly constructed bridge finished this calendar year.

Notable differences that equestrians and mountain bikers will certainly welcome is a wider bridge.  What did I mention equestrians, bikes, apparently this down time allowed park officials to revisit the other potential uses of the bridge and utilizing the additional multi use trails offered by DCNR.  The LHHT will remain hikers only (sure runners too!)

Certainly great news for hikers/mountain bikers/snowmobiles/and equestrians alike!  Thanks for all the hard work to those in DCNR and associated agencies to make this possible.

Who will be the first one to cross the new bridge?