Meeting set for pedestrian bridge
June 05, 2013 10:50 AM

The public will have an opportunity Thursday to give input on a proposed pedestrian bridge over Route 22 in Burrell Township.

The bridge is regarded by planners as an important link in the regional trails system.

The public meeting to discuss the bridge will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the WyoTech Diesel Technology Building, 277 Cornell Road, Burrell Township.

The focus of the meeting will be to collect community input for current and future funding applications for the design and construction of the pedestrian bridge over Route 22 near the Route 119 interchange.

The suggested bridge represents an important link on the Hoodlebug Trail that planners have said will safely connect users to key destinations along the corridor.

The bridge will also be an important link within a growing regional trail system across Indiana County.

The regional trail system includes the Ghost Town, Hoodlebug and West Penn trails that are part of the Trans Allegheny Trails Network, a system of 13 trails, extending more than 115 miles, from the Allegheny Ridge to the Allegheny River.

Funding applications are planned for the Keystone Communities Public Improvement Grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and other sources, for design, engineering and construction of the proposed bridge.

The pedestrian bridge project was a recommendation in the 2011 Indiana County Regional Trail Connectivity Study, which was produced with financial assistance from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

The meeting will be hosted by planners from the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development.

Meeting facilities are accessible by those with disabilities.

Accommodations may be provided for those with special needs related to language, sight or hearing.

Anyone needing special accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Jeff Raykes, chief planner, Indiana County Office of Planning and Development, at (724) 465-3874 or by email atjraykes@ceo.co.indiana.pa.us.

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