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Pymatuning State Park Trail Extension Project to Restart Soon


​The two-year partner project by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to rehabilitate and expand the multi-purpose trail near the spillway in Pymatuning State Park will restart later this month.

Work in the second year of the project will include construction of the new multi-use trail from Hartstown Road to South Chestnut Street in Linesville Borough. Once complete, the trail will be increase from just over one mile long to more than three miles long.

Work this year will also include the reassembly of the historic Messerall Truss Bridge from Oil Creek Township, Crawford County.

The metal bowstring through truss bridge, which once carried Messerall Road over Pine Creek, was constructed in 1876 and has been closed since 1987. In its new location, the bridge will be reconstructed with a wooden deck and carry the Pymatuning State Park multi-use trail over Linesville Creek.

In 2021, the bridge was removed and dismantled, and components were refurbished at a workshop. Other work done in year one of the project included installation of the new bituminous trail from Fries Road to Hartstown Road.

Work started in July 2021. It will restart March 21, 2022, weather permitting, and will be completed this summer.

Though the majority of the work will be done off road, motorists may encounter traffic controlled by flaggers. Sections of the trail and the lot near the spillway will be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists temporarily during portions of the construction.

The contractor is Horizon Construction Group Inc, of Sandy Lake, PA. The contract cost is $2,289,000, which is to be paid entirely with federal funds.

This project is considered Phase 1 of the plan to expand the Pymatuning Spillway Trail. The next phase includes new trail that runs from South Chestnut Street to Townline Road.

Information on the Pymatuning State Park Trail Project is available online at The DCNR also shares information on the Pymatuning State Park Facebook page.

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.

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MEDIA CONTACT:    PennDOT, Jill Harry, 814-678-5035

                                 DCNR, Dan Bickel, 724-932-3141