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Pymatuning State Park Trail Project

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Project Overview

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) are working together on the project to rehabilitate and expand the multi-purpose trail near the spillway in Pymatuning State Park.

Work includes resurfacing the existing Pymatuning Spillway Trail from Fries Road past the Spillway Overlook to Hartstown Road. A new section of trail will be constructed from Hartstown Road to South Chestnut Street in Linesville Borough. Once complete, the trail will be increase from just over one mile long to more than three miles long.

Work is expected to start July 26, 2021, weather permitting, and will be completed in the summer of 2022.

The project will also include the relocation and repurposing of the historic Messerall Truss Bridge. It will be removed and dismantled at its current location in Oil Creek Township, Crawford County, rehabilitated at a workshop, and reassembled with a wooden deck at Pymatuning State Park.

The project is considered Phase 1 of the plan to expand the Pymatuning Spillway Trail. The next phase includes a new trail that runs from South Chesnut Street to Townline Road. 

Messerall Truss Bridge

The metal bowstring through truss bridge, which once carried Messerall Road over Pine Creek, was constructed in 1876 and has been closed since 1987. In its new location, the bridge will carry the multi-use trail over Linesville Creek.

Though the majority of the work will be done off-road, motorists may encounter traffic controlled by flaggers. Sections of the trail and the lot near the spillway will be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists temporarily during portions of the construction.


Project Updates

8-10-21

The historic Messerall Truss Bridge in Oil Creek Township, Crawford County was moved by crane on Tuesday, August 10, so it can be refurbished and repurposed as part of the multi-purpose trail project in Pymatuning State Park.

The project is a partnership between the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and includes the rehabilitation and expansion of the trail near the spillway.

Following Tuesday's relocation of the bridge, it will be dismantled at its current location, rehabilitated at a workshop, and reassembled with a wooden deck at Pymatuning State Park.

The metal bowstring through truss bridge, which once carried Messerall Road over Pine Creek, was constructed in 1876 and has been closed since 1987. In its new location, the bridge will carry the multi-use trail over Linesville Creek.

Work on the overall project, which started last month, includes resurfacing the existing Pymatuning Spillway Trail from Fries Road past the Spillway Overlook to Hartstown Road. A new section of trail will be constructed from Hartstown Road to South Chestnut Street in Linesville Borough. Once complete in the summer of 2022, the trail will be increased from just over one mile long to more than three miles long. 

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