Pine Creek Connector Trail

Borough of Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, PA

AEG worked with Simone Collins Landscape Architecture to provide preliminary engineering and final design services for an 8-mile extension to the Pine Creek Rail Trail, a nationally recognized, 65-mile-long recreational trail located in Tioga and Lycoming Counties, Pennsylvania. The trail is used for bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing and provides access to additional outdoor recreation opportunities and the beautiful scenic vistas of Pine Creek Gorge, better known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.

AEG coordinated a Level 1A Categorical Exclusion Evaluation to evaluate and minimize potential for significant adverse impacts to the environment, and performed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment to identify the presence of any hazardous substances in property structures, soils, groundwater, or surface water. Our staff provided threatened and endangered (T&E) species/Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI) investigations to identify the presence of protected species or species of special concern. We also performed wetland identification and delineation due to the possibility of wetlands within the project area and along the railroad right-of-way.

Our staff provided field surveys and topography to identify potential areas of concern within the project area and surrounding areas, including 3D topographic surveys as needed to further investigate specific areas. We developed the site erosion and control plan, including drainage, stormwater best management practices (BMPs), and oversight of any temporary channels created during construction. AEG was responsible for performing deed searches, identifying utilities and property boundaries, and obtaining rights-of-way. We also coordinated public involvement and assisted the Borough of Jersey Shore with obtaining and assessing bids.

Formerly owned by the New York Central Rail Road and Conrail, the Pine Creek Rail Trail is now operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) and provides the public with expanded access to the beauty of nature and the joys of outdoor activities. The Pine Creek Connector Trail is made possible through grants from PA DCNR and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.