FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gettysburg Inner Loop Construction Progresses
Borough and HABPI (Healthy Adams Bicycle Pedestrian, Inc.) officials are very happy with the Gettysburg Inner Loop (GIL) trail construction currently underway. The new segment will create bicycle/pedestrian connectivity from the Gettysburg Rec Park Biser Trail to the Post Office and West Racehorse Alley. This entire effort was made possible through the strong partnership between HABPI and the Borough, established in 2006. Funding came from PA DCNR; Adams County Parks, Rec and Green Space; PennDot and countless local individual/organizational contributions.
Among the many convenient transportation improvements will be a safe bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Stevens Run between Codori Memorials and the Gettysburg Foursquare Church. This project completes the connection of the trail on Reynolds Street.
Multiple safety features are incorporated in the design of the trail. Rapid flashing crossing lights will be installed on West Middle Street and Buford Avenue at the Reynolds Street intersections. Bicycle sharrows (markings designating areas of the roadway to be shared with motorized vehicles and bicycles) will be placed on various streets, including Reynolds and Springs Avenue. A new ADA compliant sidewalk will be built the length of Reynolds Street. On Buford Avenue, the sidewalk will be widened. A safe ADA sidewalk/approach from the Buford Avenue sidewalk to the Post Office building will be constructed.
The project also moves the Borough forward with federally mandated environmental compliance initiatives (known as MS4 – Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System). Water run off control measures will be added with more sod and plantings.
The project also memorializes historic features along the path of the trail. Historic markers will be located along the way with amenities like park benches and trash cans.
Tapping in to the many economic benefits of bike trail systems, the GIL will promote business, nurture personal health and add another joyful amenity to quality of life in and around Gettysburg.