The missing section of the Schuylkill River Trail that spans roughly five miles in Chester and Montgomery counties will be completed by 2020, writes Jim Lewis for Reading Eagle.
Earlier this week, Chester County officials presented a plan to construct a four-mile paved section of trail that would run from Parker Ford in East Coventry Township to a new PennDOT bridge on Route 422. This would carry the trail over the Schuylkill River at Chester County’s border with Montgomery County.
The Chester County portion will add a trailhead with 58 parking spaces at Linfield Road. It will also pave an additional five-mile gravel segment south of Parker Ford to Township Line Road.
According to David Stauffer, capital projects coordinator for Chester County’s Department of Facilities and Parks, the project will cost around $9 million and will be financed with federal funds.
In Montgomery County, officials are planning to complete the construction of the missing half-mile section from the bridge to the Industrial Highway in Pottstown by early 2020. Another mile-long section from the Pottstown Riverfront Trailhead and the Industrial Highway should be finalized by the end of the year.
Read more about the Schuylkill River Trail in the Reading Eagle here.