Public Meeting: LHVA Study Links Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties through Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

Lackawanna Heritage Valley will present plans to develop a 6-mile stretch of their Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, spanning from Taylor south through Pittston, at a public meeting on Wednesday, March 16, beginning at 5:30pm at the Pittston Memorial Library.

The current, southernmost section of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail extends from Elm Street in Scranton to the confluence of Keyser Creek and the Lackawanna River in Taylor Borough. The study’s main objective is to determine the most feasible alignment to continue the trail system southward toward the City of Pittston. The proposed trail corridor will link communities in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties and complete the southernmost portion of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail System – a storied route that stretches more than 70 miles, passing through the heart of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area and adjoining the D&H Rail-Trail before continuing north toward the New York State border.

The public meeting at the Pittston Memorial Library, located at 47 Broad Street, Pittston, will feature the findings of an ongoing feasibility study, including projected routes, timelines, costs and partners, before opening to the public for questions and feedback. The meeting is part of a continued effort to define the wishes and priorities of residents and partners within the ‘Lower 6’ communities between Scranton and Pittston.

The Elm Street Trailhead in Scranton is currently the southernmost point of access to the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, but Lackawanna Heritage Valley hopes to change that with the development of the lower 6 miles of the trail system from Scranton south through Pittston.

“The plan has always been for the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail to begin at the Pittston Riverfront,” said Owen Worozbyt, trail and environmental projects manager for Lackawanna Heritage Valley. “This feasibility study has made incredibly positive strides in making that happen. We’re excited to hear from residents and community leaders to make sure we’re hitting the mark before we move forward.”

Proposed routes within the ongoing feasibility study would include trail development projects in Taylor, Moosic, Old Forge, Duryea and Pittston. Actual implementation will be done in several phases and take years to complete, but Lackawanna Heritage Valley officials are determined to complete the southernmost portion of the trail system along the Lackawanna River, linking existing trail systems and communities and bringing the popular recreational and alternative transportation resource to more residents and visitors within the region.

Public Meeting Information:

Timing: Wednesday, March 16 | 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Location: Pittston Memorial Library | 47 Broad Street | Pittston, PA 18640

This project was financed, in part, by a grant through the Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape’s (PFWCL) Conservation Assistance Grant that is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and administered by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.
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