Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Cross-County bike trail reopens

The bike path, closed for about a year, reopens today from Conshohocken to Plymouth Township.

Cross-County bike trail reopens

It's (basically) a holiday, skies are blue and it's (currently) not raining.  Looking for something to do?  Why not take a little jaunt down to the Cross-County Bike Trail in Conshohocken.

The trail reopens today after nearly a year of closure. 

The trail spans 3 miles, from Germantown Pike in Plymouth Township to Plymouth Creek in Conshohocken.  From there, you can continue on to the more daunting Schuylkill River Trail, west to Valley Forge or east to Philadelphia.

Eventually, the Cross-County trail is planned to stretch 17.5 miles, through Willow Grove and into Bucks County.  Along the way, it will cross the Wissahickon Green Ribbon Trail and pass through Fort Washington State Park and Morris Arboretum.

The trail was closed while PennDot replaced the Elm Street Bridge, which crosses over the trail and Plymouth Creek.  While they were at it, they also enhanced the retaining walls around the trail and made some drainage improvements.

The Elm Street Bridge also reopened today.  PennDot replaced the 1924 concrete bridge with a new composite "box-beam" bridge, which looks bright and clean and very solid. The old bridge, which was structurally deficient, carried nearly 7,000 cars a day.

That means no more detours around Butler Pike, North Lane, Ridge Pike and Conshohocken Road.  Enjoy!

For more Montgomery County bike trail information, visit http://www.montcopa.org/index.aspx?nid=352

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