I know it’s a paved trail project, but imagine how much single track could be developed with $811,000 in Duluth? The funding is out there. Paved trails will be part of the overall scheme of trails proposed for Duluth, but dirt paths and single track will be a major component as well. In many cases paved paths won’t be feasible or as cost beneficial in our city on a hill. With a little jump start and a little funding, we can do this folks! 🙂 Plus, I think our trails will be even prettier and much more interesting than the one in the photo below! 🙂 (apologies to any South Jersey folks reading this blog…)
Last leg of trail project begins
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
By JEANNE RIDGWAY
MONROEThe Gloucester County Multi-Purpose Bike Trail, a 7 1/2-mile recreational route linking Monroe to Glassboro, will be ready for hikers and bikers this June.
A project of the Gloucester County freeholders, the trail’s final phase of construction started Tuesday following a groundbreaking ceremony conducted by Freeholders Stephen M. Sweeney and Frank J. DeMarco.
The 10-foot-wide asphalt trail will be built through a stretch of woods along a former railroad right-of-way used by the Pennsylvania-Reading-Seashore Line.
“This is going to be beautiful,” said Sweeney, during the groundbreaking. “Here you have the natural setting and a good reuse of (an industrial) site.”
DeMarco said Gloucester County has been working hard to provide free recreational venues for residents.
An $811,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration will pay for the 2.8-mile portion of trail running parallel to Route 322.
The link will extend between the end of Grove Street on Delsea Drive in Glassboro to Fries Mill Road in Monroe near the Hunters Woods homes.
From that point, bikers and hikers may proceed a short distance along Fries Mill Road to Scotland Run Park, the county’s largest park, which features hiking and canoeing on Wilson Lake.
Chuck Romick, Gloucester County planning director, said the 10-year trail project has required environmental studies, grant applications, and the purchase of a 1,500-foot-long piece of property from Conrail at the Glassboro end.
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