Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, June 14, 2013

State Funding for Trails

As you know Pennsylvania is a great place to bike and walk.

Many of our cities are bike- and pedestrian-friendly — and the vast networks of trails are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and go about your daily trips.

In fact, 12 percent of all trips in the state are by bike or by footyet there is no dedicated state funding for these programs!

Now, you can help ensure that our state continues to invest in these “active transportation” networks as the Pennsylvania House of Representatives considers the state transportation budget.

Take action now: Urge your State Representative to adequately fund dedicated funding for bicycling and walking.

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a comprehensive transportation budget bill that includes dedicated funding for biking, walking and trails for the first time ever. We've been working in coalition with all other transportation interests including road, rail and transit in support of a comprehensive funding bill.

Now, it’s the state House’s turn — and the fight will be much harder.

Rose, your state representative, Mike Reese, will play a key role in making sure the state House follows the senate’s lead — and a vote will take place in the coming days. That’s why it’s important that you take action now.

Your state representative needs to hear from you now. Please take just a few moments to urge Rep. Mike Reese ] to support dedicated and comprehensive funding for biking, walking and trails — as is found in the senate’s bill.

Together, we can ensure that biking, walking and trails continue to be a part of Pennsylvania’s transportation system.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Ligonier Valley Trail's new bridge over Mill Creek has been named "The Rose Stepnick Crossing" because of all the hard work and dedication Rose put into the project.  She was very determined to see that the trail and new bridge were completed and folks could take a nice walk through the country side.  Tim Komar, Township Supervisor and Paul Frye, Director of Public Works for the Borough had a very nice plaque made and it's now mounted on the Bridge.

Check it out......

Friday, April 26, 2013

"Its A Thing of Beauty"

That was the title of a post on the Ligonier Living blog yesterday. Diane Cipa posted a gorgeous photo of the archway over the trail bridge, glistening in the sun.

In Larry's garage, waiting for delivery to the bridge
We've posted a few sneak previews here, and on FaceBook, but no more teasing. 
The South archway being lifted into place

Two beautifully crafted arches now stand on each side of the trail bridge over Mill Creek, welcoming all who cross from both sides.

Welding the archway to the bridge
Our thanks go to the municipal crew from Ligonier Township who assisted in the installation.
Larry Shew - Artist/craftsman - at the installation of the archways.

The person responsible for the design and production of the archways is Larry Shew, a Ligonier Township Recreation Board member, and the new Project Manager for the trail project. He has jumped in to every aspect of the trail work from fundraising to construction, with total enthusiasm, and as "retiring" Project Manager, I am so pleased to have Larry continuing with the dedication that this project deserves.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Come to the April 27th Ribbon Cutting at the Ligonier Valley Trail Bridge Over Mill Creek

Friends of the Ligonier Valley Trail and the Ligonier Community
An Invitation:
Close Out Earth Day Week at the Ligonier Valley Trail Pedestrian Bridge Ribbon Cutting and Walk - Saturday April 27, 2013, 9:30AM
The community is invited by the Ligonier Township Recreation Board to the Saturday April 27, 9:30AM ribbon cutting at the new Pedestrian and Biking bridge over Mill Creek.
The event will celebrate a cooperative effort between Ligonier Township, Ligonier Borough and the Loyalhanna Watershed Association to bring the Ligonier Valley Trail and the Mill Creek bridge to reality.
Immediately following, there will be a walk on the rail bed to Peoples Road and back to the bridge(one mile).
The Friends of the Ligonier Valley Trail and Recreation Board also invite anyone interested in becoming a trail volunteer or Ambassador to meet after the walk for a short organizational meeting near the bridge ramp.
The bridge is located behind Weller Field and can be accessed from Boquet Street in Ligonier Borough.
Please pass on the invitation to your friends in the community.
Thank you!
Ligonier Township Recreation Board
Ligonier, PA

Monday, April 8, 2013

Bridge Construction Approaches Completion

By last weeks end the bridge and ramp looked almost complete.
There were a few holes to fill, dirt to level, and more cement to prepare for.

And many bolts to tighten.
Ligonier Borough Public Works Director, Paul Fry captured some memories of his own. 
Soon everyone will be able to get a view from the bridge.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Construction Progress

In the past week there have been many improvements and fine tuning to the abutments and surrounding site.
New footings had to be poured to gain the proper elevation for the bridge as well as to make it level.
Another cement form had to be created for the ramp to rest on.
Repairs were made to some of the damage that a hundred years of weather and use had created.
 And then what we have been anxiously awaiting, the placing of the bridge this morning.
Power to the transmission lines had to be diverted.
The work was done safely, and we are well on our way to putting the ramp into place.
As always, we want to thank Ligonier Township and Ligonier Borough for their cooperation and help in getting this project completed.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013