Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Montgomery County river trail to detour for repairs

NORRISTOWN A half-mile stretch of the Schuylkill River Trail will close for several months while crews work on the Lafayette Street extension project in Norristown.

The section of trail between Ford and Ross Streets will close Monday and is expected to reopen in the spring, according to a Montgomery County news release.

The $60 million Lafayette project aims to ease congestion on a major commuter corridor in the Norristown-Plymouth-Conshohocken area, restore access to the riverfront, and make improvements to the trail.

Construction began in September, with detours and signs erected when necessary to maintain an unbroken path for runners, cyclists, and walkers.

The county said it has reached a phase where "the scope of the work no longer makes keeping [the trail] open feasible or safe."

The main portion of the trail stretches 26 miles from Philadelphia through Montgomery County and up to Phoenixville. It is a popular route for cyclists heading to Valley Forge National Historical Park.

- Jessica Parks

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