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Pickett Announces $107,000 for Diahoga Trail Project

HARRISBURG – The borough of Athens has been awarded a grant of more than $100,000 to help with a local trail project connecting it to Sayre borough, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) announced today.

“This grant will help fund improvements to the Diahoga Trail that connects Sayre and Athens boroughs,” Pickett said. “Last year, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded grant to begin construction, and this recent announcement of funding will help address resulting safety concerns by installing fencing between the trail and the Susquehanna River.”

Due to flooding in 2015 and a resulting project to stabilize the stream bank project, the trail is much higher than originally designed, creating a large drop between the trail and the river.

In addition, the grant will allow the borough to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and install a ramp to access the trail.

“I’ve been looking forward to the completion of this trail, as it provides a safe way for both the Sayre and Athens communities to interact with each other, view the river and enjoy outdoor recreation, while also promoting the riverfront to visitors,” Pickett added.

The Diahoga Trail connects the Athens Bridge to the Hayden Street/Higgins Avenue plateau.

The funding was awarded as part of the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s board meeting in Harrisburg on Tuesday. 

Representative Tina Pickett
110th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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