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Construction Delays Extend Access Issues at Lehigh Gorge State Park
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 05/20/2022

Construction delays to a sizeable rehabilitation project at Lehigh Gorge State Park will continue to limit access to the White Haven portion of the park through the summer.

Construction began in September 2021 and was to have been completed in May 2022, however structural issues impacting a bridge require additional maintenance delays and a redesign of the project. Contractors aim to have the work finished by the late summer or early fall of 2022 and the northern portion of the park will be reopened when the bridge project has been completed.

"We understand the impact these unfortunate delays will have on the community and park visitors," Park Operations Manager Rex Bradish said. "We remain committed to completing this project and providing safe, high-quality outdoor recreation opportunities for all Pennsylvanians who visit this great park."

When completed, the work will provide a new entrance road, a year-round modern restroom facility, new boat launch areas for both private and commercial boaters and upgraded roadways and parking. The project will also convey improvements to the Lehigh Gorge Trail, part of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, including a connector to White Haven's Main Street and business district.

All other day-use facilities at Lehigh Gorge State Park south of Tannery Road and the D&L Trail north of Middleburg Road will remain open to the public during this period. Opportunities to enjoy the park include boating, hiking, biking, and fishing.

The public is advised to call the park for updated information on open areas, or to check the park's website.


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