New bridges over Fogelsonger Road in Shippensburg and Big Spring Road in Newville are scheduled to be installed on Tuesday, weather permitting, according to the Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council.
The bridges were funded through grants from PennDOT and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Installation of the two bridges is part of a trail upgrade program that also includes a 0.9-mile extension of the trail from Shippensburg Township Park to Fort Street in Shippensburg, and a 1-mile extension and underpass beneath Centerville Road/Route 233, taking the trail past Big Spring High School, according to the council.
At the end of December, the council also completed a mile of new trail at Allen Road in Carlisle.
“The placement of the two bridges represents the culmination of more than a decade of work by dedicated volunteers,” said Jerry Angulo, council president. “The spans link the community of Shippensburg to the west and open the way for our eventual goal of completing a continuous 22-mile trail northeast through Newville to Carlisle.”
Hempt Bros Inc. and Farhat Excavating LLC will handle construction on the two project sites, and Rettew Inc. and Wilson Consulting Group are handling engineering work.
The council has been working on the trail for 19 years. The trail is for walking, jogging, biking, horseback riding and other recreational uses.