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Lehigh Gorge Rail-with-Trail Will Be Expanded to Jim Thorpe, Pa.

As part of the restoration of train service on the old Central Railroad line between Reading and Scranton, the famous 1922 Nesquehoning trestle will be outfitted to carry hikers and bicyclists over the Lehigh River and into Jim Thorpe, Pa.

For 30 years bicyclists have had to ride on narrow, hilly, twisting and busy roads in order to travel two miles from the trailhead at Glen Onoko into Jim Thorpe. The Reading Blue Mountain and Northern railroad will operate train service, which was cut off in 1971. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will spend $800,000 to construct the trail adjacent to the tracks, making it the tenth rail-with-trail in Pennsylvania.

A representative of the largest bicycle outfitter for the Lehigh Valley Gorge Trail, Pocono Whitewater's Rod Mann, said "this provides our guests with a real viable short ride where before the road connection was a nightmare."

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