Work on the Easton/College Hill escarpment multimodal trail and historic step refurbishment project is on schedule and expected to be completed by mid-August.

Supported by a grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, this project will make substantial improvements to the pedestrian pathway that connects downtown Easton with the College Hill neighborhood by reconditioning the historic stairs that serve as the primary city-campus transition.

Rendering of Easton/College Hill escarpment multimodal trail

Rendering of Easton/College Hill escarpment multimodal trail

In addition, Lafayette is constructing a new walking and bicycling trail made of precast concrete treads between the Karl Stirner Arts Trail and South College Drive (near the intersection with McCartney Street). When completed, the project will ensure safe public access throughout the year and reduce reliance on motor vehicles. 

About 1,100 feet of new trail will be constructed as part of this project, providing a 6-foot-wide pathway. About 650 feet of existing trail will be replaced. Amenities will include improved lighting, new seating areas, and locations for displaying artwork.

Now through the end of April the contractor will be pouring concrete for the replacement trail from the arch to the Civil War monument. Then, beginning in May, the installation of the elevated multimodal trail will begin.


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  1. Lisa says:

    Will this be wheelchair accessible? It’s so important..

    1. Brittany Soda says:

      Thanks for reaching out. Yes: the trail will be accessible to wheelchairs, strollers, bicycles, etc.

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