Newtown Receives $375,000 For Trail Improvements

Photo by Doug Kerr.

A pair of grants worth $375,000 will help to expand and maintain trails in Newtown Township. State Rep. Perry Warren and state Sen. Steve Santarsiero announced the grants Tuesday.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Recreation and Conservation will provide the meat of the funding. A total of $250,000 will be used to construct one mile of trail from Dolington Road to Upper Silver Lake Road.

This DCNR grant is designed to pay for most of the cost of the new trail. Among the designated costs includes intersection improvement, ADA access, fencing, and stormwater management.

“The funding for these infrastructure projects will advance public safety and drive economic growth,” said Santarsiero. “As these projects begin to take shape, residents, businesses and commuters alike will experience the improvements to our thriving community.”

Another grant worth $125,000 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority will help develop a trail along Lower Dolington Road. It will be available for pedestrians and bicyclists.

“The trail network in Newtown Township has been a welcome addition to our community, providing safe passage for all of our residents to take advantage of as well as increasing our recreation opportunities,” said Warren. “The multi-use trail along Lower Dolington Road will allow pedestrians and cyclists to avoid the current sidewalks that are narrow and close to the road, providing a safe multi-use trail for commuters located away from vehicle traffic.”