The Greenbelt Trail is a 20-mile-long loop trail through wooded, urban and residential routes in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It passes along the Susquehanna River through Riverfront Park, as well as through other scenic areas like Reservoir Park and Wildwood Park. However, with areas of the trail experiencing up to 400,000 users a year, the Greenbelt Trail was in need of safety and other improvements at various intersections.
Kinsley’s Highway and Bridge team was contracted to construct a dedicated shared-use trail along Front Street. This new, 1.5-milelong path connected the trail along Industrial Road at the north end of Wildwood Park, continued up Industrial Road to Linglestown Road, north along the river on Front Street and ended at Fort Hunter. The section is separate from vehicular traffic and defers trail users from having to cross the main road.
Sections of the new trail were created with pervious concrete, which is a type of concrete that is highly porous to allow water to pass directly through it, reducing runoff. For our crew, this was the first time working with this type of material. With a slight learning curve, our crews quickly adjusted and installed the concrete sections without any issues.
We wrapped up work and opened the new section in July with no reportable safety incidents throughout the entire project duration. Congratulations to the entire project team for safely delivering a project that the community can enjoy!