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South Whitehall looks to connect Covered Bridge Park to proposed Jordan Creek Greenway

By Stephen Althouse, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 19 2013 10:51:24 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 20 2013 05:49:10 AM CDT
SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. -

The South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners awarded a contract to YSM Landscape Associates as a consultant to conduct a master plan and feasibility study for connecting Covered Bridge Park to the proposed Jordan Creek Greenway during Wednesday night’s meeting.

YSM Landscape’s bid of just under $47,000 beat out eight other proposals the township received.

The plan would link the Trexler Nature Preserve to South Whitehall’s Covered Bridge Park to Allentown’s Jordan Creek Park.

The project has been financed by a grant by Lehigh County, and by the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources.

The study will look at existing uses and potential improvements to the region. YMS will also look at repairing the buffer on Jordan Creek and examine if the health of the creek can be improved, among other topics.

“I think it’s safe to say that when we did our community survey more than a few years ago, our park system, the uses of our park system and the benefits of our park system were very high on that list,” said president Christina Morgan. “This is definitely an area that we felt was important to look and to be sure we are getting the best use out of it. It’s a great project.”

In other business Wednesday night, Township Manager Jon Hammer noted that the township received the results of a study conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation concerning the validity of current speed limits on Cedar Crest Boulevard.

“They are recommending that no changes be made to the currently posted speed limits at Cedar Crest Boulevard,” Hammer said.

"It's good information regardless of the outcome," Morgan said in response to the news.