A happy group of Bethlehem, PA residents gathered this morning for a ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the official opening of the South Bethlehem Greenway (Phase II). This urban trail took six years to complete from the earliest planning and design stages to construction and completion. Key support for the Greenway came from the PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources and PennDOT.
The PA Highlands Trail Network's 'Northern Route' will be co-aligned with the South Bethlehem Greenway, which is a crucial link between the Lehigh Canal Towpath section of the D&L Trail and the Saucon Rail Trail in Hellertown. The City of Bethlehem is committed to extending the Greenway east to the Saucon Trail and is actively negotiating with Norfolk Southern to complete a short segment of an abandoned rail line.
Congratulations to the City of Bethlehem and all the partner organizations that helped create this wonderful asset!