Bradford announces grant for local trail improvements in Montgomery County

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – State Rep Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, helped to secure a $200,000 state grant for the Chester Valley Rail Trail in Montgomery County to make improvements to the 15-mile trail.

The Chester Valley Trail project is a partnership that involves inter-agency cooperation on many levels, including local, state and federal governments, area businesses and local residents who are committed to seeing the project through to completion.

“The Chester Valley Rail Trail has changed miles of abandoned land into a popular location for biking and walking,” Bradford said. “This grant will allow officials to make improvements that will make the trail even better.”

The Chester Valley Trail project dates back to 1991, when representatives from Chester and Montgomery counties used abandoned rail line as a major trail. The rail line follows U.S. Routes 30 and 202 through central Chester County from East Caln Township east to Montgomery County, providing a major part of the regional trail system from Chester County to the Schuylkill River Trail and Delaware River.

The grant was administered as part of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The CCPP provides financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts and other nonprofits for the planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenways projects.