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PennDOT announced that it has begun clearing and digging work to prepare a corridor alongside Chestnut Street for the forthcoming Phase 6 of the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail.

Read More: Lebanon Valley Rail Trail breaks ground on Phase 6; city trail and park underway

PennDOT said that work will run from just west of 12th Street in Lebanon to South 22nd Street in North Cornwall Township, constituting subphases 6A and 6B of the rail trail.

An overview of Phase 6 and its subsections. The Friday groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction on 6A and 6B; the remaining two sections will be developed later. (LVRT)

While traffic impact is expected to be minimal, PennDOT said that motorists should expect intermittent lane closures under flagging during daylight hours.

The project, described in-depth in this April 2022 article, will ultimately see South 22nd Street realigned to run continuously with a true cross intersection at Chestnut Street, rather than the jughandle turn currently in place, when Phase 6C begins at a later date.

Read More: S. 22nd Street to be realigned with new bridge over Quittie Creek; $1.3M grant sets stage for phase 6C of LV Rail Trail

PennDOT said the work also includes trailhead construction, signal enhancements, ADA ramps, and other miscellaneous construction. The trail will run through the planned John E. Wengert Memorial Park.

A 2021 site plan for the John E. Wengert Memorial Park. (LVRT)

The current estimation for completion of the 6A and 6B sections of the trail is May 2024, though it could be finished sooner depending on weather and other variables. JVI Group Inc. of York Springs is the prime contractor for the $2.2 million project.

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