Redbank Valley
Trails Association

301 Broad Street
New Bethlehem, PA. 16242
(814) 275-3421
[email protected]

Development News – Pending Improvements

Climax Tunnel

The Climax Tunnel at mile 17 is now OPEN.  Work was completed in August 2018.

A metal tunnel liner was added in from each portal beginning in February 2017 which concluded in June 2017.  Guniting in the center of the tunnel was completed in November 2017 to help support and protect the 4-course brick ceiling.  This followed the removal of a large overhanging rock on 5-22-16 and the addition of a buttress wall in June 2016 on the SW portal to stabilize the portal.  An 80 foot extension to the tunnel was added at the eastern portal to protect against falling rocks and an asphalt surface was installed inside the tunnel. Work was completed in August 2018.   We recommend walking your bike through and using a light.  We also recommend using a light and walking your bike through the naturally carved Long Point Tunnel near mile 9.

Please use caution and respect private property all along the trail.  Do not trespass on adjoining property and please do not block gates.

For a treat in Spring, above the tunnel accessed up Bridge Road, make a left off of Bridge Road, and proceed up Climax Road to the guardrail mark and pink tape, you might see the resident Bald Eagle family on your right in a pine tree near the vertical mark on the guardrail. Please do not disturb the eagles.

Climax eagles

Climax eagles

SLIGO SPUR

Work is underway on miles 2 to 5 of the Sligo Spur.  The first mile from Lawsonham has been improved.  A contractor has improved from Walker Farm Road near Sligo to SR 861.  Volunteers completed the Cherry Run bridge in March 2017 and the bridges at .092 and 1.02 of the Spur in March 2018.  The first bridge is a mile up from the intersection with the main trail at MP 6 at Lawsonham.  Volunteers are working on the lower 3 miles between SR 861 and mile 1. Donations for grading, drainage and crushed limestone would be appreciated.

BROOKVILLE DEPOT ST. SPUR TRAILHEAD 

Trailhead improvements are completed.  New signage, a kiosk with trail and area information, a picnic table, gazebo and portojohn  have been added. Paving has been done and the trailhead is open while additional improvements are being planned for the parking area. Congratulations Brookville on a wonderful trailhead!July Aug 2016 1506July Aug 2016 1503

MOORE ROAD 

Redbank Valley Trails Association was awarded a grant in December 2014 by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to install a canoe/kayak launch at the very scenic Moore Road parking area under the Rev. Dr. Joseph Mateer bridge in Corsica. The location is near a loop in the Red Bank Creek near the “notch.” Work was completed by the end of 2015 thanks to our great volunteers.

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2015 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

The beautiful scenic area downstream of the Climax Tunnel at MP 17 to Leatherwood Station Road near MP 11 was improved in late 2015 with crushed limestone.   Areas downstream of Lawsonham from mile 6 to mile 0 were also improved in 2015 after a great deal of work to clear downed trees and landslides that occurred with the heavy rains in June and July 2015.

2016 PROJECTS and ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Crushed limestone was applied between mile 11.4 and 6 in July through September 2016, including through the open naturally carved Long Point Tunnel at mile 8.42,  to complete surfacing of almost the entire main trail except for about a quarter mile stretch in Fairmount City near mile 21.39.  Crushed limestone has not yet been applied in Fairmount City pending drainage work and DEP AMD work scheduled to conclude by September 2018 or possibly earlier.  Volunteers plan additional work to lessen the slope on the ramps at Middle Run after the drainage work is completed.

Creek stabilization work was completed in September 2016 near the Rt. 28 crossing near Fishbasket at mile 21.97 between Town Run and Middle Run and in October at St. Charles at mile 14.69.

The major washout was repaired and the first mile of the Sligo Spur was improved in July 2016.

Trail maintenance and knotweed eradication are ongoing.  Help is always appreciated.

Watch for our fundraising events as we try to raise enough money to make additional improvements and open the trail and the area to greater recreational and economic opportunities. Thanks to all who participated in past Days of Giving and for your support throughout the year. The Day of Giving in 2019 will be held on May 9 and we hope to hold another December challenge thanks to a matching fund challenge from an anonymous donor.