This is a very busy year for the Rail-Trail Council with many projects underway or soon to begin!

The Phase II D&H Rail-Trail improvement project from Herrick Center to Ararat will begin in October. The bid was awarded through the PA DOT system to Tim Kohrs Excavating of Honesdale for this 7 mile trail section.

The Buck’s Falls Ravine D&H Switchback project has begun on the trail between Thompson and Starrucca.

Dan Rutledge Excavating of Tyler Hill was the low bidder for this environmentally sensitive project. A new concrete deck and railings are scheduled for the O&W Browndale Bridge.

Linde Corporation was the low bidder and work will begin early September.

Engineering and construction plans are being developed for the northern D&H from Stevens Point to the NY border.

Landscape architect, Tom McLane and engineering firm Colwell-Naegele have the plans almost completed. The RTC will then apply for construction funds.

Thanks to Brian Zembrzycki Excavating and volunteers, a new railroad siding was built for the D&H Pusher Caboose. Now it needs to be moved to Union Dale.

The UGI pipeline project is well underway with almost all the pipe underground and covered. We have been pleased with the progress and the attention to erosion controls for this rainy summer. Following the installation of the pipeline, drainage and trail restoration will begin.

As the gasline project continues down into Carbondale, the Lackawanna Heritage Valley has their contractor ready to complete trail improvements from John Street to the “Simpson Connection.”

Next year, trail users will be able to get on the trail in Carbondale and bike all the way to Ararat on a newly resurfaced trail – over 20 miles.

With all these projects underway, the Rail-Trail Council is getting ready to launch a capital campaign, as all projects with grants require a 20-50% match for completion.

The “Projects in Motion” campaign will soon be mailed out and advertised.