Portion of Rail Trail to be Closed for Improvements

The City of York, York County Department of Parks & Recreation and Downtown Inc announce today that a 1.4-mile portion of the York County Heritage Rail Trail will be closed for all public use beginning early this spring. This City of York project will include reconstruction of the Rail Trail from the Colonial Courthouse on North Pershing Avenue south to Grantley Road. The project is slated to be completed by mid-summer 2016, with the newly improved Rail Trail opening to the public at that time.

During this period, the bituminous surface from Lafayette Plaza to Kings Mill Road will be repaved, with porous bituminous pavement being installed from Kings Mill Road to Grantley Road. Improvements will also be made to the grading and storm water management facilities, and more than 100 new LED light fixtures will be installed along the corridor.

Funding for this City of York project was provided by a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) grant, with local matching funds provided by 19 local businesses and organizations.

“The York County Heritage Rail Trail was constructed 35 years ago and it’s time for these improvements to be made,” says Kim Bracey, Mayor for the City of York. “We’re looking forward to providing a better user experience on the Rail Trail with the improvement of the trail’s paved surfaces and the addition of lighting.”

General project coordination on the Rail Trail reconstruction is being provided by Downtown Inc. The General Contractor on the project is Shiloh Paving & Excavating. Engineering and inspection on the project is provided by C.S. Davidson and Buchart Horn.

From early spring to mid-summer, access to the Rail Trail will be available only from Grantley Road heading south on the trail and from Route 30 heading north on the trail. The public will not be able to access the Rail Trail between the Colonial Courthouse and Grantley Road.

For project updates and progress, the public is encouraged to follow Downtown Inc on Facebook (www.facebook.com/downtownyorkpa.com) and Twitter (@downtownyorkpa).

Additional questions can be directed to Downtown Inc, 2 East Market Street, York, PA 17401. The public can call (717) 849-2331 or email info@downtownyorkpa.com