Keystone College receives state grant for trail project


LA PLUME — Keystone College received a $917,815 state grant to construct an addition to an existing series of hiking and biking trails which connect the campus to neighboring communities.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced Keystone will receive the funding as one of 82 projects to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility across the commonwealth.

The new project calls for the construction of hiking and biking trails at the southern end of College Avenue, ranging approximately from the college’s Information Technology Center to the tennis courts.

The new trails will help connect the campus with existing hiking and biking trails, including the 1.5 mile segment known as the Trolley Trail, which opened last summer. The Trolley Trail is a piece of the non-profit Countryside Conservancy’s envisioned 14-mile public hiking and biking trail that follows the abandoned Northern Electric Railroad Line which will ultimately run from Clarks Summit to Lake Winola. The new segment will also allow more direct access to Keystone’s seven-mile community use trail system that has been in existence for many years.