A project is underway for Bethlehem Steel that will connect the Sands Bethlehem to the the Steelstacks campus. Augmentation to the Hoover Mason Trestle will allow pedestrians to cross between the casino resort and entertainment complex.
What makes the new connection unique is that the trestle is the same that carried raw material and iron ore from the steel yard (the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem) to the blast furnaces (now the Bethlehem Steelstacks complex).
The 2,000 feet steel pathway will be turned into a multiple-stories high promenade that will bridge the visitor's center to the casino's entrance; eliminating the need to drive between the two, making pedestrian traffic easier and safer, and providing a historic illustration and view of the two sites.
The project has a price tag of $11 million that was financed through public bonds from the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority; leading to ownership of the trestle being transferred from the casino and private investors to the public - the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority.
Work is scheduled to be completed by October 2014, but Boyle Construction, who is handling the task, hopes to have a portion open by August, in time for Musikfest.