On a rainy Friday morning last week, a panoply of township officials, state senators and representatives, Montgomery County Commissioners and others gathered at the Upper Dublin library to celebrate the start of the latest Cross County Trail project to begin within the Greater Fort Washington District (former Fort Washington Office Park).
The Cross County Trail is one of the Circuit Trails that cuts across the middle of Montgomery County from the Schuylkill River Trail in Conshohocken to the Pennypack Trail at Byberry Road. It is largely being built by individual townships. Map is here.
In Upper Dublin, the Municipal Authority and Township took the lead in prioritizing, sectioning and securing funding for the Cross County Trail within municipal limits. Currently, three miles from Pennsylvania Avenue to Beacon Hill Road are funded through construction and the Township has invested in a planning design effort to complete the final section along Dreshertown Road to Welsh Road where the new Promenade at Upper Dublin constructed an exterior trail network that will become the CCT.
Fun Facts about this section of the Cross County Trail in Upper Dublin:
- The new section going under construction is .54 miles from Commerce Drive to Rapp Run and will connect two existing segments of the Cross County trail from the 309 overpass to Susquehanna Road, totaling 2 miles.
- The new section is part of a road diet project along Delaware and Virginia Roads.
- Later this year, work will begin on extending the trail another half mile west, connecting to the existing trail that ends at the Fort Washington SEPTA Station
- In 2024 the trail will be extended east from Susquehanna Rd to Beacon Hill Drive.
- When these three sections are completed Cross County Trail will extend for 3 miles in Upper Dublin Township.