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Work on Londonderry Township hiking trails could start soon

Posted 11/12/19

Work on hiking trails in Sunset Park might start this week.

During their Nov. 4 meeting, the Londonderry Board of Supervisors unanimously awarded the first phase of the project to T.R. Stoner, …

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Work on Londonderry Township hiking trails could start soon

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Work on hiking trails in Sunset Park might start this week.

During their Nov. 4 meeting, the Londonderry Board of Supervisors unanimously awarded the first phase of the project to T.R. Stoner, general contractor, which is based in Elizabethtown.

According to township engineer Andrew Kenworthy, T.R. Stoner bid $89,574, but submitted a change order reducing the price tag to $55,000.

“We’re doing some of the grading, getting the base down, putting some of the trail in, getting some of the cross pipes for stormwater in,” Kenworthy said. “So it’s the basic infrastructure to really get things done and also allow them, the rugby folks, to continue to work in there without disturbing new improvements and having to fix them.”

The Harrisburg Rugby Football Club broke ground on its future field in Sunset Park in November 2018.

The first leg of the trail was to start in Sunset Park and run to the future rugby field along Sunset Drive.

Plans call for the trails to run along the western edge of Sunset Golf Course and eventually connect to the proposed Lytle Farms housing development off East Harrisburg Pike.

In the past, Kenworthy has said there would be 2.4 miles of trail and sidewalk.

The trail would be dedicated to veterans.

In an email, Kenworthy explained that the project will be done in phases, and the trailhead and related amenities would be constructed first. The trail would be extended along with amenities as funding and partnerships allowed, he said.

The original $89,574 bid was for a majority of the first phase, Kenworthy said.

“That original scope was reduced with a change order so certain improvements would not be installed only to be disturbed by ongoing rugby field work,” he said.

So the current scope includes grading and drainage work along the first leg of the trail, he said.

“These dates of December 2, is that realistic? I mean, they’re going to start tomorrow and be done on Dec. 2?” Supervisor Ron Kopp said during the meeting.

Kenworthy during the meeting said the contractor was ready to start, adding that it would be reasonable to give them a time extension.

Phase 2 of the project would include parking, a restroom, signs and further extending the trail, Kenworthy said in an email. He said he didn’t know when that phase would start, adding that he hoped it would be in the spring.

The project is being funded through a $200,000 Commonwealth Financing Authority grant, which includes $170,000 in grants and a $30,000 match from the rugby club.

The township also applied for a $150,000 Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant, which would use the CFA grant as the matching dollars. The township anticipates that it will find out in December whether it will be awarded the grant.