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Solebury zeroes in on Aquetong pedestrian and bike path


The construction plans for a pedestrian and bicycle trail in the developing Aquetong Spring Park will be up for discussion at the Tuesday, Aug. 20, meeting of the Solebury Township Board of Supervisors.

The project is funded by a $1 million grant from the state Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternative Set-Aside program received last year for the 45-acre park between Route 202 and Lower Mountain Road.

Solebury has two years to complete all engineering plans and state approvals for the project.

The trail would fill the missing link between the existing Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Trail and the existing Route 202 Parkway Trail. It would become part of the Route 202 Cross-County Trail that will eventually run from Montgomeryville to New Hope adjacent to Route 202. It would also create a trail along the entire length of the Aquetong Spring Park.

Plans call for final design, specs, and estimates to be completed by June 2020 and for construction to continue from October 2020 to August 2021.

Solebury acquired the park from the state in 2009 and removed a broken Civil War era dam to restore the stream flow and creek bed. The aim is to create a passive recreation park with a trail system, walking and bike paths, and to restore native plants to the area.