Safety concerns about debris falling from the Blackbridge railroad bridge over the Heritage Rail Trail (HRT) have prompted a closure of the HRT in this area. The specific location of the closure is one mile north of the US Route 30 trailhead parking lot and 1.5 miles south of Emig/Mundis Mill Rd. Trail users can continue to use the trail from the Route 30 trailhead to the immediate vicinity of the railroad bridge. Trail users traveling from John Rudy County Park or Crist Field can also continue to use the trail from these locations to the immediate vicinity of the bridge.
An overhead protective shield will have to be designed to isolate trail users from falling debris. The York County Rail Trail Authority and York County Parks are currently investigating viable shielding solutions to allow safe passage through this area. Before a shield can be installed, the design must be approved by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk Southern Railroad, and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. When a specific shielding solution is identified, a timeframe for re-opening the trail will be announced.
All other portions of the Heritage Rail Trail, except this area under the railroad bridge, remain open and available for trail users. Future updates will be posted to the York County Rail Trail Authority and York County Parks social media and webpages.