The client acquired an 10.75-mile abandoned railroad corridor in Cumberland Valley. The goal was twofold: (1) develop this former railroad into a first-class regional recreation trail for hikers and cyclists and a separate facility for equestrian users and (2) preserve a historical transportation corridor. In addition to the significant design challenges and safety concerns, acquiring the professional and financial resources needed to realize the project was taking some time for the client.
RETTEW developed a master plan for the project and worked with the client to secure design and construction grants totaling nearly $1.2 million to fund the project. We held public meetings to garner citizen input and used the recommendations from the public meetings and master plan to prepare an innovative and cost-effective solution. The trail now provides a non-motorized and safe link among Newville Borough, the Village of Oakville, and Shippensburg Borough. In addition, the trail promotes physical activity and well-being as well as a greater sense of connectivity among the communities in the Cumberland Valley region.