Built in 1905, standing 140 feet high and stretching 1,560 feet over the Conestoga River, the Safe Harbor Trestle Bridge is one of the largest in Pennsylvania — and possibly the longest, highest bridge structure in Lancaster County. It is currently being rehabilitated and is one of Pennsylvania’s top 20 priority trail gaps. The bridge is the only direct route to connect the last two sections of this regionally significant rail trail, which will result in approximately 30 miles of continuous trail. It is the second longest rail trail trestle bridge in Pennsylvania and an important part of a 50-mile proposed statewide major greenway. Manor Township acquired the abandoned rail corridor to both preserve a part of railroading history and to maintain its significant natural beauty.
RETTEW is working with the Township to inspect, evaluate, rehabilitate, and upgrade the old railroad bridge into a 21-foot-wide pedestrian walkway. We are helping to secure funding for the $5.2 million project, and are providing a full complement of services for both the rail trail and bridge rehabilitation. The rail trail provides access to conservation and educational resources and helps promote cultural and heritage tourism in the area. The rehabilitation of the Safe Harbor Bridge will not only spur economic development along the trail, but will also be an attractive destination for tourists and rail trail enthusiasts alike.