Nov. 23, 2021

HARRISBURG – Rep. Dave Zimmerman (R-East Earl) today announced that a $400,000 state grant he strongly supported has been approved and will enhance the Warwick and Ephrata Rail Trail (WERT).

The 7-mile trail follows the former Columbia and Reading Railroad, which began service in 1863 and was built to connect Pennsylvania’s anthracite region with the Chesapeake Bay. It travels through Lititz Borough, Warwick Township, Ephrata Township, Akron Borough and Ephrata Borough. 

“There is so much beauty and history in the forests, countryside and our small towns in northeastern Lancaster County, and the Warwick and Ephrata Rail Trail is truly a jewel we are blessed with,” Zimmerman said. “This grant will enhance the trail’s connections with our communities making it safer and more accessible.”

This grant will allow the trail to be extended in a two-phase approach for safer pedestrian connections throughout the local municipalities: 

Phase 1 will extend the trail from West Chestnut Street to West Pine Street, adding approximately 1,175 linear feet.  

Phase 2 will extend the trail from West Pine Street in Ephrata Borough for 1,700 linear feet towards Ephrata Township. 

Representative Dave Zimmerman
99th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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