The Shuster Way Heritage Trail (formerly Bedford Heritage Trail)


  • Survey
  • Easement Right-of-Way Plans
  • Construction Stakeouts
  • Base Mapping
  • Courthouse Research
  • Wetlands Stakeout
  • Trail Design
  • General and Joint Permits
  • Utility Engineering/Coordination
  • Erosion/Sedimentation Control Plans
  • NPDES Permitting
  • Stormwater Management, Analysis, Design, and Permitting
  • Wetland Investigations, Delineation, and Mitigation Plans
  • Bridge Design and Design/Build
  • Bridge Safety Inspection


Bedford Joint Municipal Authority, Bedford County

Project Details

Phase I:  Phase I was undertaken to investigate funding opportunities, prepare and submit funding applications, develop a Feasibility Study, and prepare a preliminary trail design connecting Downtown Bedford Borough to the Omni Bedford Springs Resort.

Phase II:  Included final design and construction of a trail connecting Bedford Borough and the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. The shared use trail is 5,900’ in length, 10’ wide, and includes two structures crossing Shober’s Run.  Bridge one is 75’ long and bridge two is 90’ long.

Project Challenges/Uniqueness: The trail is designed to meet ADA compliance requirements; therefore, due to a steep grade along a section of the trail, a switchback was designed to minimize the grade.  Additionally, to receive approval from the Pennsylvania Historic Museum Commission, the abutment finish on the bridges had to match a retaining wall and the old stone mill

Phase III (in design):  When complete, this project will add a 1.75-mile extension to the trail. The new section will link the existing trail to Old Bedford Village.


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