The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has awarded $7.9 million to 10 local projects in southeastern Pennsylvania, including two in Chester County and one in Delaware County, through the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program. The federal program funds community-based “non-traditional” projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation’s intermodal transportation system.
Selected projects include trail, sidewalk, transit station and on-road bicycle improvements. “These 10 projects will enable communities to build multi-use trails, safe routes to school and pedestrian pathways, and bike lanes and bikeway projects, providing transportation options for a wide variety of users throughout our region,” said Barry Seymour, DVRPC executive director. “This is one more step in our ongoing efforts to advance the Circuit Trails, the region’s ambitious plan for an 800-mile network of connected trails.”
The projects and funding locally are:
- Haverford – Phase II improvements along the Pennsy Trail totaling $1.1 million. This will include the construction of an off-road multi-use trail to extend the existing Pennsy Trail to Vernon Road. The trail in Haverford Township proposes a bridge over Manoa Road.
- East Goshen – Paoli Trail, Segment A ($483,000) — Construction of a side path on the north side of Paoli Pike between Airport Road (East Goshen Township line) and Ellis Lane. Segment A is one section of the overall Paoli Pike Trail network in East Goshen Township.
- Kennett – Kennett Area Safer Active Transportation Routes ($915,000) — Construction of bicycle and pedestrian improvements along South Street and Walnut Street. The project proposes to make connections to Pennock Park and Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Township and Kennett Square Borough.
As home buyers seek out areas with more walkable, outdoor activities, these trails and improvements provide great alternatives to vehicle-reliant activities.
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