The LHT needs your support to complete the trail!
Since 2002, the Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail has worked with a number of major sponsors to design and build the trail—that includes individual donors throughout Mercer County. Over the years we have raised more than $9 million dollars to design and build the trail. We have also benefited from millions of dollars in pro bono services from engineers, planners, lawyers, environmentalists, and volunteers who have assisted with maintenance and a variety of tasks it takes to keep the organization going.
All but about four miles of the 22-mile LHT have been completed. Now we need the support of LHT fans to complete the remainder. These four miles are last because they are among the most challenging, especially in terms of land access, engineering and design, and environmental restrictions. The land access issues have been resolved, and we have received significant grants for construction, but we must raise additional funds to complete segments in both Lawrence and Hopewell.
We are working to complete a key segment that will run along Province Line Road. We received a major grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to complete the segment from the BMS campus on Province Line Road to Foxcroft Drive and the crossing at Princeton Pike to the Dyson Tract. This segment includes the crossing of Route 206. The need for unanticipated engineering and permitting from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Delaware Raritan Canal Commission, as well as a requirement by the New Jersey Department of Transportation for changes to the traffic signal, have added costs not covered by the grant.
The second trail segment that requires funding is the design of a link between the Dyson Tract on Princeton Pike to the new BMS site currently under construction. We need funds for conceptual designs and preliminary engineering to enable us to apply for construction grants.
In Hopewell, we are working on several segments connecting the ETS Campus on Carter Road all the way to Wargo Road. While we have received significant grants from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and funds approved through the Hopewell Township Open Space Referendum approved in 2009, there are, once again, unforeseen engineering, permitting, and construction expenses.
The Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail is seeking funding from a number of sources to complete the trail. However, your donations to the LHT this year will be particularly helpful so that we do not have to suspend projects and delay completion and so that we can demonstrate to potential funders that we have the full support of our communities and the people who use and enjoy the LHT.
Please make a tax-deductible contribution to the Lawrence Hopewell Trail by clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on this website. From every dollar you give on line, about ninety-eight cents will go to constructing and maintaining the trail and developing programs that encourage community use of the trail for health, fitness, and fun. If you prefer, you can send your donation to:
The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534
Thank you for your continuing support of the LHT.