Debris Removal On Hold For Repairs

On Saturday we were just starting to clear the trail edge from the Garden Drive-In to SCI Retreat when the the bearing on the idler pulley seized and broke the belt that connects the engine to the mower deck. We are out of service until next week because replacement parts will not be here until Friday. Cost $93.08.

3-28-16 mower bearing


New Trail Construction 2016

Sediment Barriers install in preparation for new trail construction.
We are excited to announce new trail construction has already started. It will complete the section of the trail through Spencer’s Salvage Yard in Salem Township and extend the trail from the Garden Drive-In in Plymouth Township to a point across US Rt. 11 from the Flamingo Diner in the West Nanticoke section of Plymouth Township.  Improvements to an existing parking area to create a trail head in Canal Park is also part of this construction phase.
The Susquehanna Warrior Trail is built on the former railroad bed of the Delaware Lehigh and Western Railroad which is now owned by UGI Penn Natural Gas and SUNOCO for use as a utility right-of-way.  The trail is approximately 10 feet wide with 2 1/2 foot shoulders utilizing a 15 foot wide surface easement with in the right-of-way.
The first 11 miles of the trail, constructed in 2007, stretches from the PPL Riverlands in Salem Township to the Garden Drive-In in Plymouth Township paralleling Route 11.
The $400,000 for this new trail construction comes from three sources; a $320,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, $40,000 from the **Berwick Health and Wellness Fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, and $40,000 from the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund via a unanimous vote by the Luzerne County Council.
TPW Design Studios of York, Pa. is providing Landscape Architectural Design support and Dan Rutledge Excavating Inc. of Tyler Hill, Pa. is our construction contractor.
Grand Opening Celebration details will be announced when construction is complete.
The Susquehanna Warrior Trail Council
**The Berwick Health and Wellness Fund is the original and largest fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. Its purpose is to improve the health and welfare of residents and communities of eastern Columbia and western Luzerne counties.

Recent Trail Cleanup

This past Saturday morning, 03/19/16, several people braved the cold and performed a cleanup along the trail starting at our trail head in Shickshinny. They went up river to prepare the race course and down river just because. Thank you Tony Pszeniczny (he organized this event), Silvia Miller, Ray Zajac, Matthew Zajac, and Tom Granoski!

Preparing the trail for summer

We recently started preparing the trail for summer by removing leaves and debris from the trail surface with our lawnmower donated by Kate and Tom Hofherr.  This first section is between Shickshinny and the Pa Fish and Boat Commission Union Township Boat Launch.  The pictures show you before and after. Jason Hilley provided safety patrol.  He removed objects that might harm the mower and warned me when people enjoying the trail approached so the mower could be shut down.  He also handed out our business cards so people know that it is just volunteers that maintain this trail.  When the whole trail surface is clear we will start mowing the shoulders.  This follows the efforts last fall and winter with a tractor front end loader and a brush hog to move multi-flora roses and other obstacles away from the trail bed.