On January 28, 2016, DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn announced investment of $28 million for 176 projects across Pennsylvania. These project will focus on conserving our natural resources and help to revitalize local communities. Some of these exciting projects related to trail trails are as follows:
Homestead Borough: Building a 1 mile connector trail from the Great Allegheny Passage to the Historic Avenues Business District.
Regional Trail Corporation: Rehabilitation of 11.2 mile of the Youghiogheny River Trail in Elizabeth Township to Lincoln Borough.
Westmoreland County: Further construction of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail from B-Y Park in Trafford Borough to the Roberts Parcel in Murrysville Borough. This project will build 5.6 miles of trail and four trailheads.
South Union Township: Further development of the Sheepskin Trail. This will include construction of roughly 2.1 miles of trail between Bailey Park and Hutchison Park and a 1.9 miles spur trail from the Sheepskin Trail to Fort Gaddis.
Indiana County: Design of the U.S. 22 Pedestrian Bridge on the Blairsville Riverfront Trail.
Somerset County: Further development of the September 11th National Memorial Trail from Garret Borough to the proposed alignment of SR 219 in Brothersvalley Township.
PA DCNR received 430 grant applications requesting more the $92 million dollars. It’s exciting to see the investment in our trails and the development they can bring to a community. These are just some of the exciting projects that are happening in Western Pennsylvania. For more information regarding all of the grants that were awarded please click here.