BRADY TUNNEL REVITALIZATION
November 15, 2018-DCNR announced an award of $663,400 to Clarion County for the Brady Tunnel.
Moving rails to trails corridors forward on the 36-mile Armstrong Trail, Clarion County and regionally. For this grant application the scope of work will include: 100% design/engineering, stabilizing the façade of the northern portal by installing 50’ of tunnel liner and repairing the hole/drainage. Along with approximately 3 miles of trail north of the portal work to include: Clearing/grubbing, debris/talus removal, vegetative lined channels, headwalls, rock apron/channels, rip-rap, culverts, infiltration trenches, maintain riparian buffers, wildlife habitats, revegetation and reforestation using native plant species, trail base, finished crushed limestone surface and a bottomless arch to provide a long term viable replacement for low pH water. For a total $1,326,900 for Phase I. Design/Engineering has started, timeline for bid package is February and construction in May. Additional funding is being sought for the rest of the tunnel.
TEMPLETON II ACCESSIBILITY
November 15, 2018-DCNR announced an award of $73,901 for for development of the Armstrong Trail in Pine and Madison Townships, Armstrong County. Work to include-an off road (currently on road) ADA compliant ramp to connect the southern ramp to the northern trail (between 3rd Street and 4th Street) and to improve 2500 feet of trail surface on the Armstrong Trail from Mile Post 59 to Rimerton Road, including parking and an ADA compliant parking spot. Engineering/Design early 2019, construction May 2019.
BRADY TUNNEL/CAMPGROUND FEASIBILITY STUDY
In 2014, the Allegheny Valley Land Trust received a DCNR grant for the Feasibility Study of rehabilitating the Brady Tunnel and also a study on the possibility of a campground in Phillipston. A Feasibility Study on the Brady Tunnel was the first step in determining whether or not the tunnel would be rehabbed. In April of 2018, AVLT submitted an application to DCNR for funding of the rehab. Due to the size of the project, phasing is necessary. The Phase I application is for 100% Design and engineering of the 2468 foot tunnel along with 50′ stabilization of the northern portal. Using a liner and repairing the 20′ hold by rerouting the water over the tunnel. As of November 6, 2018, we are still waiting on word on whether or not this grant will be awarded.
CLIMAX TUNNEL/REDBANK TRAIL
The Climax Tunnel on the Redbank Trail is 3 miles west of New Bethlehem/17 miles from the Allegheny River. Due to its deteriorating condition grant funding was sought and awarded. PennDot TAP funding, CFA and DCNR funding were the sources.
August 18, 2018 a formal ceremony officially opening the tunnel was held. The tunnel is an integral piece in connecting 17 miles to the west to the 24 miles to the east. Funded by two grants from PennDot TAP, two DCNR grants, CFA grant and volunteer time and materials from the Redbank Valley Trails Association and others.
The Manorville Connector Project scope of work included trail surface material, ramp and drainage reconstruction and signage. After the removal of the bridge over Water Street, ramps were added with crushed limestone but due to the grade and amount of rain we have been getting the ramps needed to be constructed with asphalt, a catch basin with a bike friendly top was added. Trail surface material to the south of Water Street and the addition of a parking lot including a handicapped space and a bike repair station added value to the project. Career Track and the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association helped with the installation of split rail fencing and signage. This project was completed in September 2018. Funded by a grant from DCNR, Allegheny Valley Land Trust, a donation and volunteer time from Armstrong Rails to Trails Association.
RIMER TO PHILLIPSTON CONNECTION (Mile 61-66)
Completed in November 2017, the scope of work included fresh crushed limestone surface along with the addition of two handicapped accessible parking spot at the mouth of Redbank Creek as it meets the Allegheny River. The address for your GPS to this parking area is 780 Redbank Road, Templeton. This parking area is the closest to the beginning or end of the Redbank Trail. The other is Phillipston (94 Apple Street, Rimersburg). An extension of trail surface material to Apple Street was also in the scope of work. The addition of signage including wayfinding completed this project. Funded by a grant from DCNR, the Allegheny Valley Land Trust and volunteer time from the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association.
The Templeton Connector was another project completed in November 2017. Scope of work included resurfacing on the southern ramp and improvements to drainage and surface through Templeton. Career Track assisted with sign installation. Funded by a grant from DCNR, Allegheny Valley Land Trust, a donation and volunteer time from Armstrong Rails to Trails Association.