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Lehigh River Pedestrian/Biking Bridge

Lehigh Valley Sierra Club and Lehigh University South Side Initiative are working together with Bethlehem residents on plans for a pedestrian bridge across the Lehigh River connecting the north and south sides of the city. This collaborative effort has produced a rough plan of action and fundraising strategy for the construction of the bridge.

They envision a bridge that allows safe passage for walkers, bikers and runners as essential for Bethlehem to become a true walking city along a two-mile inner city corridor extending from Historic Bethlehem to the Greenway.

The project will provide an alternative landscape that can be cultivated and developed with sensitivity to the natural environment. The bridge will also increase livability, physical exercise and quality of civic life. linking to the state and regional network of walking and biking trails.

A continuous walking and biking path between the Fox Nature Center and Saucon Park will create a “trail of history” to connect many of the city’s historic and cultural sites along the corridor and would expand the city’s cultural legacy.

For more information and the bridge vision statement, visit

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