Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bridge to link trail to N. Catasauqua

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The next leg toward completion of the Delaware & Lehigh Trail (D&L) in Northampton is the construction of the Dry Run Creek Pedestrian Bridge, which presently has gone out for bids from contractors. The bridge and extended trail is a major link to bring the trail into North Catasauqua. Northampton Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said recently he has no idea how much the Dry Run Creek Bridge will cost.

“It will be expensive though,” Brobst said.

D&L will pay for the project with federal grant funding.

Aptly named, Dry Run Creek is under Northampton’s Main Street, north of Fourth Street. It extends toward a stretch of rough terrain, off of Lehigh River. It is this area where the trail work and bridge construction is to take place.

Depending on the bid costs and acceptance, the work could begin later this year.

Brobst said he walked the area with Wilson Consulting, the company designing the project. The borough manager said there is an area in North Catasauqua, extending to Phoenix Forge, which has been readied for the trail.

Earlier this year, Northampton contracted with a private landscaping company that cleared a large area at the site of brush at the rough terrain.

It was just on June 16 that there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the one-mile missing link of the Nor-Bath Trail and the D&L, along Clear Springs Road to 10th Street and then onto Canal Park.

There is an iron pedestrian bridge that Northampton had placed there several years ago, which the Hokendauqua Creek flows underneath as it spills into the Lehigh River.

The Canal Park Trail is used heavily by walkers and joggers.