Rails to Trails Officially Open

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EAST PENN TOWNSHIP -- In Carbon County a three-county project is nearing completion.

A section of a big Rails to Trails project was dedicated on Friday.

When the project is complete it will link the neighboring three counties.

People were proud of what's been accomplished. They officially dedicated a two and a half mile section of a Rails to Trails project near Lehighton.

After the ribbon was cut there were plenty of people using the path.

“I like to keep  driving, keep in shape. First I went for a walk this morning, and now I'm driving bike,” said Delbert Christman of Palmerton.

“We've been sharing it with other people too, and they love it, out of towner`s think this is a beautiful area,” said Kathleen Spirk of Bowmanstown.

The trail is run by the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, a nonprofit group. They had a lot of help in paying for the $200,000 project. Walsh Construction, which built several nearby bridges for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, donated equipment and personnel to construct the trail.

“Typically, we get state and federal funding to put the trail in but as part of the construction project the trail was put in for free,” said Scott Everett, Project Manager.

For Blaine and Wander Dietz of Lehigton, walking the trail gives them quality time just to spend together as husband and wife.

“It's an hour, hour and a half every day, we get to discuss matters of the day and put our plan in place,” said Blaine.

“You get to meet new people new experiences, it's great, it's great!” said Wanda.

When the trail is complete, it will be 165 miles long and extend from Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County to Bristol in Bucks County.