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?