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The Bicycle Coalition and our Circuit trail partners are excited about new funding awarded for local trail projects. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has announced its Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants for trail projects in our area. The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has also announced its grants for Multimodal Transportation projects. Here is a list of notable projects.


Bucks County
Newtown Township was awarded $250,000 from DCNR for development of the Newtown Township Trail Network. Project work includes construction of approximately 1 mile of trail from Dolington Road to Upper Silver Lake Road, stormwater management measures, intersection improvements and other site improvements.

Notable Bucks County projects approved for CFA Multimodal Transportation funding include:

• Newtown Township Lower Dolington Road Multi-Use Trail ($125,000)
• Yardley Borough North Main Street Sidewalk Project – Phase II ($125,000)

Chester County
Notable Chester County projects approved for CFA Multimodal Transportation funding include:

• East Pikeland Township Route 724 Pedestrian Improvement Project ($315,000)
• Schuylkill Township Sidewalk project to improve pedestrian access ($1,000,000)
• Oxford Borough’s Safe Routes to School Project Chester ($735,812)

Delaware County
Radnor Township was awarded $232,000 from DCNR for development of the Forge to Refuge Trail. Approximately 0.3 miles of trail from Radnor-Chester Road to I-476 is slated for development along with other site improvements.

Notable Delaware County Projects approved for CFA Multimodal Transportation funding include:

• Media Borough Accessible Crossings Pedestrian Safety project ($100,000)
• Nether Providence Township Sidewalks and safe routes proposal ($500,000)

Montgomery County
Several townships in Montgomery County were awarded grants from DCNR for trail projects. Upper Gwynedd Township was awarded $15,000 to prepare a trail study for the development of approximately 6 miles of the Power Line Trail in Upper Gwynedd. DCNR also awarded $40,000 to Whitemarsh Township to prepare a trail study for the development of approximately 1.2 miles of the Miracle-Nature Trail spanning from Butler Pike to East Hector Street.

Upper Salford Township was awarded $308,200 for development of the Perkiomen Trail; including construction of approximately 1.3 miles of trail from the Perkiomen Trail at Spring Mount Road to Upper Salford Township Community Park, a bridge, stormwater management measures and other related site improvements.

Notable Montgomery County projects approved for CFA Multimodal Transportation funding include:

• Upper Dublin Township Dresher Road Cross County Trail Extension ($1,500,000)
• Main Street Pedestrian Improvements at Ursinus College ($670,442)
• Limerick Township North Lewis Road Sidewalk Improvements ($783,421)
• Royersford Borough Trestle Bridge Rehabilitation Project ($1,000,000)

Philadelphia and Bucks Counties
DCNR awarded the Philadelphia City Treasurer City Planning Commission $25,000 to prepare a trail study for development of approximately 4.3 miles of the Lower Poquessing Creek Trail in Philadelphia from Junod Park to Glen Foerd on the Delaware.

Philadelphia County
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation was awarded $400,000 from DCNR for payment toward the acquisition of approximately 2.7 acres that will provide approximately 0.35 miles of trail for the development of the Delaware River Trail.

The Philadelphia City Treasurer Department of Parks and Recreation was awarded $500,000 for Development of the Schuylkill River Trail. Work will include the construction of approximately 0.4 miles of trail from the PECO Christian Street Service Center to South Stanley Street, a bridge and other related site improvements. The Department of Parks and Recreation was also awarded $90,000 for the Development of the Trolley Trail in Philadelphia. Project work includes construction of approximately 3 miles of trail from Chamounix Mansion to the existing Trolley Trail near Belmont Valley Creek and I-76.

Notable Philadelphia County projects approved for CFA Multimodal Transportation funding include:

• The Delaware River Trail in Philadelphia ($150,000)
• The Schuylkill River Park Extension, Christian to Crescent in Philadelphia ($800,000)
• Holy Family University’s Multimodal Improvements for Pedestrian Safety ($868,852)

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