The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of completing the final section of the 150-mile Liberty-Water Gap Trail through New Jersey and into Pennsylvania, between the Portland-Columbia footbridge across the Delaware River in the borough of Portland and the village of Delaware Water Gap. Such an undertaking would enhance the walking and bicycling connectivity between the two communities and serve a number of neighborhoods, schools, parks and business districts, as well as recreational and cultural attractions. This extension of the LibertyWater Gap Trail is being studied to evaluate how it could promote good principles of economic development and sustainable communities, making the area and its parks, businesses and communities more attractive to residents and visitors.
The Feasibility Study
Options for creating a safe and inviting pathway for pedestrian and bicycle traffic passing through the Delaware Water Gap build upon the natural and historical features and community structures already present. The feasibility study process included a robust public participation program of interviews, meetings, workshops and presentations. Maps and details of proposed trail sections, as well as a detailed opinion of probable cost are included in the appendices.