In 2012, Wildlands Conservancy retained Barry Isett and Associates to perform survey, design, and permitting for 1.8 miles of trail along the Jordan Creek Trail as part of the overall Jordan Creek Greenway. The entire greenway will connect the Jordan Meadows Park in Allentown to the Appalachian Trail along the ridge of Blue Mountain, allowing for the protection of high conservation-value lands and a 13-mile trail for the public to hike, bike and bird watch. South Whitehall Township obtained DCNR and PennDOT TASAP funding to construct 0.9 miles of the designed and permitted trail.
The trail begins at Covered Bridge Park and continues west along the northside of the Jordan Creek to a terminus near Route 309. The paved 10’ trail accommodates pedestrians, bicyclists and joggers on an ADA accessible surface. An elevated timber boardwalk permits the trail to cross two wetland areas, adding to the unique experience of this section of the Jordan Creek corridor. Isett also performed bidding and construction management for these two sections of trail. Part of the trail will be complete summer of 2019 and the second portion open fall 2019.
As part of the trail project, hundreds of native plants will be installed to provide seasonal interest and further enhance the riparian buffer. Isett’s full range of in house services were used to develop this intricate trail plan from survey, wetland delineation, civil engineering, environmental permitting, landscape architecture, structural and geotechnical engineering, and construction management.