The Morning Call reports on Lafayette’s plans to build a public multimodal trail that will provide a safe, accessible route linking the College Hill neighborhood and Lafayette’s hilltop campus with downtown Easton.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved Lafayette’s request for an $869,694 grant to create a multi-use trail that will extend diagonally across the escarpment from behind the William E. Simon Center for Economics and Business to the Karl Stirner trailhead at North Third Street.

Maurice Luker, executive director of corporate, foundation and government relations, spoke to The Morning Call about the project that is expected to begin in the fall and be completed in 2023.

Luker envisions the trailheads having benches, flowers, artwork, historical signs and more: a “vertical park.”

The College also plans to repair steps and walkways that connect them in a separate $2 million project that includes approximately $1.5 million from the state, Luker said. The work will include heating the steps, which would let people use the staircase during winter, when the hillside climb is typically closed to pedestrian traffic, Luker said.

Read the full story and see images of the site in The Morning Call.

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