NORRISTOWN, PA – The Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC), in partnership with its consultant team led by NV5, has initiated work on studying the feasibility of completing the Cross County Trail in Plymouth and Whitemarsh Townships. The public is invited to learn about the project at an open house on Thursday, November 17, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Miles Park Building located at 4021 Joshua Road in Lafayette Hill.
This important project involves two segments that fill gaps in the overall Cross County Trail. The first trail gap is between Germantown Pike and Erdenheim Farm. The second gap is between the Wissahickon Green Ribbon Trail and the SEPTA Fort Washington Station.
The entire Cross County Trail, once completed, is planned to stretch from Conshohocken to the Pennypack Trail—totaling 17.5 miles in all—and will also connect the Schuylkill River, Wissahickon Creek, Cresheim, and Power Line Trails. The planning study for this western portion of the trail is anticipated to be completed in 2023.
The open house will feature an overview of the project, and project team members will let residents know how they can participate in the process. Those attending will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage in a mapping exercise and survey. Attendees can arrive anytime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to participate.
Residents who are unable to attend the open house can view the open house materials and participate online between November 17 and December 9, 2022, at www.montcopa.org/CrossCountyTrailWest.
The project team has also planned pop-up engagement sessions in outdoor locations in the project area on Saturday, November 19, 2022 (rain date is November 20). Residents can receive and share information with the project team at the following locations:
- Intersection of Schuylkill River Trail and Cross County Trail in Conshohocken (behind the Grande at Riverview apartments, 350 W. Elm Street) between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
- Fort Washington State Park, near the Hawk Watch Observation Deck (Parking Lot 5), between Noon and 1:30 p.m.
This trail feasibility study follows the recently completed Cross County Trail East Feasibility Study, which examined the Cross County Trail route through Upper Moreland Township and Bryn Athyn Borough. Montgomery County is currently soliciting engineering firms to design the first portion of this eastern part of the Cross County Trail.
For more information, contact Brian J. Olszak, Senior Trails & Open Space Planner with the Montgomery County Planning Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 278-3727.
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