ELMIRA -- The Chemung County Executive’s Office announced Monday that an additional five miles of the Lackawanna Trail is now open.
“Beyond widening our recreational and transportation choices, the Lackawanna Trail provides exercise opportunities, improves access to the Chemung River and parks along the route, boosts tourism, and aids in recruiting companies to our area,” Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli said in a statement.
The new section of the trail runs south from East Water Street in Elmira to Lowman Crossover (CR08) in Ashland. The new section complements the three mile section that extends from East Water Street north to Eldridge Park.
The new trail contains an asphalt-emulsion injected sub-base with a “cape-seal” wearing surface. Cape-seals blend chip seal and slurry seal technology to provide a smoother surface than chip seal alone.
Chemung County said the wearing surface should be suitable for all levels of bicycle and pedestrian users, and was built to ADA standards. Also, the project provided trail signage, benches, privacy fencing for adjacent neighbors, and a trailhead parking lot and access point at CR08.
Parking is also available at East Water Street and Eldridge Park.
“The benefit of the Lackawanna Trail will provide many important benefits to the people of the Southern Tier for all ages,” said Kent Goben of the Southern Tier Bicycle League. “It will provide a safe and level surface that young cyclists and their parents can learn how to ride. There will be no traffic or dangers available on the trail.”