Extending that trail by an additional 1.1 miles will cost a total of
$1.4 million.

John Mikowychok, the city’s parks and recreations director, said Allentown already has received two grants for the project: $350,000 from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and $350,000 from Lehigh County.

Mikowychok told council several intersections along the trail require “considerable treatments and upgrades.”

He said those trail/intersection improvements will include Lehigh Street and MLK Drive, 10th Street and MLK Drive and where the new section of trail will terminate at Lehigh Parkway North.

If the city wins that grant, the parks director hopes that work can be done before the end of 2015.

New street lights coming

Also during the council meeting, city managing director Francis Dougherty announced all the street lights in Allentown will be converted to LED lighting.

He said the city is preparing a request for proposals from contractors to do that project, which is not dependent on receiving a Multimodal Fund grant from the state.

Dougherty indicated that request for proposals will go out once the city identifies funding for that project.

“With the adoption of that technology would come software so we will know when a light is out,” he said. He noted that will eliminate the need to send people out at night to look for street lights that are out.