Seven trail projects in Montgomery County that aim to provide an almost unbroken path from Exton to Philadelphia have received $18 million in grants, writes Frank Kummer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The projects are part of the Circuit Trails of Greater Philadelphia, which is envisioned as an 800-mile regional network in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Central and Southern New Jersey.
Montgomery County has provided $10 million, while the remaining $8 million came from federal, state, and local grants. The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners included the funds in its budget for 2020.
“We are thrilled to see this funding commitment from Montgomery County in support of such regionally significant trail projects,” said Sarah Clark Stuart, chair of the Circuit Trails Coalition. “Specifically, this funding allows us to move critical in-progress trails closer to completion.”
Among the seven approved projects is a four-mile extension of the Chester Valley Trail that would connect it to the Schuylkill River Trail.
When completed, apart from a minor break, it will provide a 34.5-mile path from Exton to King of Prussia and through to Center City.
“This connection really brings about a lot of continuity,” Starr said.
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