State and local officials broke ground Tuesday on an expansion of the Capital Area Greenbelt.
The $4.5-million project will create a connector between the greenbelt at Wildwood Park and Fort Hunter Park in Susquehanna Township.
The plan calls for a path to be created along Industrial Road at the northern end of Wildwood Park, where the Greenbelt now ends. The path will continue from Industrial Road to Linglestown Road and turn left toward the Susquehanna River.
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.
Dauphin County commissioners said extending the greenbelt to Fort Hunter will give walkers, hikers and bikers a safe way to access the park.
Work is expected to be completed by mid-2019.