Nature lovers and thousands who enjoy walking or riding bikes along the Capital Area Greenbelt will enjoy some of the improvements that are coming.
For the first time, the “circle of green” around Harrisburg will extend along the Susquehanna River to Fort Hunter Park in Susquehanna Township.
The roughly 1.5-mile connector is among $7.5 million in improvements announced Tuesday.
Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste says the timing is right to make an investment for now and the future.
“We get about 400,000 people using the greenbelt on an annual basis,” Haste said. “We think as we promote our county programs and the Greenbelt they want to enjoy something and need some downtime, and it’s a great place to enjoy downtime and exercise.”
To link the greenbelt to Fort Hunter, a path will be created along Industrial Road at the northern end of Wildwood Park, where the Greenbelt now ends. The path will continue up Industrial Road to Linglestown Road, where it would turn left toward the Susquehanna River.
To avoid crossing Linglestown Road, the path will turn left on Kaby Street and loop under Linglestown Road. The path would cross Front Street at the intersection of Linglestown Road.
A new bike and pedestrian trail will extend along the river-side of Front Street to Fort Hunter. Front Street, from Linglestown Road to Fort Hunter, will become a two-lane road with a turning lane in the center.
The greenbelt covers 20 miles in Dauphin County and passes through Harrisburg, Penbrook, Paxtang, Swatara Township, and Susquehanna Township.
The money will also fund safety upgrades at six intersections.
Work is expected to start this year and be completed by mid-2019.