Work to begin on Heritage Rail Trail next year

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – City leaders are working to improve the overall appearance and economic development of the Central Business District.

The district consists of 26 square blocks running from the Revolution baseball stadium to Princess Street and the library to Penn Market.

In a few months, the Heritage Rail Trail is going to look different.

“The York County Rail Trail is the most popular county park we have in York,” Tim Miller, Deputy Director of Downtown Inc., said.

The York Business Improvement District Authority, also known by their trade name, Downtown Inc., focuses on the Central Business District.

“That one mil assessment, we need to go to those constituents every five years and tell them what we’re going to do with it,” Sonia Huntzinger, Executive Director of Downtown Inc., said.

The Heritage Rail Trail is one of the many projects being done to improve business development.

“The purpose of the rail trail is to provide a safe connector for multiple modes of transportation,” Miller said.

Over 40 miles long, the first piece of reconstruction will begin next year at York College.

“Reconstruction will consist of an entirely new surface. It’ll be porous pavement which helps with storm water mitigation. That portion will also get new and improved lights,” Miller said.

The trail will be closed for several weeks while construction is underway. Organizers call it a temporary inconvenience for a permanent solution.

The entire project is expected to be complete by 2017.

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