Monday, September 22, 2014
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Trail to get $500,000 boost

The western extension of the Chester Valley Trail got a $500,000 state boost, state Sen. Andrew E. Dinniman announced today.

Trail to get $500,000 boost

State Sen. Andrew Dinniman announced $500,000 in state funding to build a 1.2-mile section of the Chester Valley Trail, the walking and bicycling path between Exton and Montgomery County that is progressing swiftly toward completion.  

This latest funding comes from Pennsylvania’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program and specifically will be used to extend the trail from its Exton Park site trailhead westward to Iron Lake Boulevard in West Whiteland, Dinniman said. In September 2010, county officials completed and opened the 4.2-mile section of the Chester Valley Trail between the Exton Park Site and Route 29 in Malvern.  And just last month, officials signed a $8.3 million contract to complete the 6.8-mile segment of the trail between Malvern and Montgomery County. That work is scheduled to begin soon and be completed in late 2013, Dinniman said.  

“Today’s announcement adds to the momentum of the Chester Valley Trail and we look forward to the day when we can walk or bicycle the 11-plus miles from Exton east to Montgomery County and onward to Philadelphia on one continual paved path,” Dinniman said. “The Chester Valley Trail represents what can happen when all levels of government and business work together toward a common goal.” 

Work on the Chester Valley Trail began in 1991 when officials from Chester and Montgomery counties envisioned the cross-county trail.

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Aubrey Whelan covers Chester County for the Inquirer. A native of a Philadelphia suburb so small it doesn't have a zip code, she grew up reading the Inquirer and was thrilled to take a job there in fall 2012. Previously, she covered crime, courts and D.C.'s Occupy movement for the Washington Examiner. Aubrey graduated from Penn State in 2011, where she worked for the award-winning campus newspaper and majored in journalism and French. Contact her at 215-495-5855 or awhelan@philly.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/aubreyjwhelan.

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