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South Whitehall advances Jordan Park Greenway development

SOUTH WHITEHALL, Pa. - South Whitehall Township is moving forward with the development of its part of Jordan Creek Greenway, a 13-mile trail planned for public use.

Township commissioners Wednesday night unanimously approved a resolution to advertise for bids for a pedestrian bridge; a half-mile section of paved trail; and plantings, erosion and sedimentation control for the next phase of South Whitehall’s section of the greenway.

The 130-foot-long, 10-foot-wide bridge over Jordan Creek will have low-maintenance concrete decking, extending the township’s section of the greenway from Covered Bridge Park to Route 309. South Whitehall’s eastern and western borders will be connected by the trail system.

Eventually, the AnchorJordan Park Greenway will connect Jordan Meadows Park in Allentown to the Appalachian Trail along the ridge of Blue Mountain, allowing for the protection of open space and creating a public trail through several Lehigh County municipalities.

Randy Cope, manager of the parks and recreation department, said 49 percent of the trail system, about 13 miles, is in South Whitehall Township. The next phase of the trail will be funded by a $260,000 grant from Lehigh County and a $250,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The work is planned for this year, Cope said.

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