Lehigh Valley is an area on the move with new riverside development in the planning stages and other existing construction nearing completion. Exciting things are happening in this region about 60 miles North of Philadelphia. Those living in the area and considering relocating here may want to act quickly to take advantage of the coming improvements.
O'Brien's Moving & Storage are experienced Lehigh Valley movers familiar with the area and its rapidly changing landscape. Our move consultants can suggest some of the better spots to move to, assist with scheduling, and keep you apprised of local issues regarding your relocation. Some of the most important developments have just recently happened.
Dedication of the Jim Thorpe Bridge
On June 11th, 2018, the new Mansion House Bridge connecting the Delaware & Lehigh Trail to Downtown Lehigh Valley was dedicated. Nearing completion, the sturdy steel truss pedestrian bridge spans 250-ft of the Lehigh River. Its wooden walkway finally gives travelers using the trail a chance to visit downtown Jim Thorpe for sightseeing and to, potentially, patronize local businesses for rest and relaxation before continuing along the bike trail.
This $4.1 million project connects one of the last remaining gaps along the D&L Trail so that travelers can move freely between Carbon, Luzerne, and Lehigh counties.
Transforming the Trail into a River Walk
At present, there are about 20 public and private organizations looking at plans to develop a seven mile stretch of the D&L Trail in Lehigh Valley. Strategies include ideas for recreation, entertainment, and improvement of the local natural resources.
A lead official on the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission compared the potential of this trail to the San Antonio River Walk. The commission believes, that once completed, this development could be worth over $100 million in recreational and entertainment income. The goal is to attract more than double the 500,000 visitors who use the trail each year.
In order to do this, the lead official on the planning commission felt it would be vital to plan the river walk to 'evolve and change along the with the character of the trail'. Presently, some areas of the trail remain pristine, while others are undergoing intense development. Appropriate recreational planning will help draw tourists and overnight visitors to the area for the scenery and the local entertainment.
Make Your Move to Lehigh Valley Right Away...
With these new developments on the horizon for Lehigh Valley, now is the opportune time to relocate within the area. Whether you are a small business looking for a prime spot near the trail or a homeowner looking for better work opportunities, the team at O'Brien's Moving & Storage is available to assist.
Since 1947, we've served as the premier Lehigh Valley moving company for commercial and residential clients throughout Lehigh Valley and nearby areas. For more information about our services, reach out to us by phone or via our online contact form. We'll help you arrange a complimentary consultation and moving price estimate.