Upper Providence Township (UPT) has received a Montco 2040 Implementation Grant for its Municipal Complex River Connector Trail Project. The grant, aimed at implementing the county comprehensive plan, Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, is one of fifteen recently awarded by the Montgomery County Commissioners. These 2020 grant awards account for $2,250,000. Since the program’s inception in 2016, over $7.5 million has been awarded to projects.
UPT will be constructing a paved trail, approximately 3,800 linear feet, connecting Upper Providence Township parks and recreation facilities at its municipal complex with the county parks and trails network along the Schuylkill River. Work includes widening and resurfacing an existing paved trail and installing an 8-foot-wide asphalt trail in the location of an existing dirt/gravel path. The connector trail will give greater non-vehicular access to the Schuylkill River East Trail and two county parks—the Upper Schuylkill Valley Park and Lock 60 at the Schuylkill Canal Park. A new crossing, with flashing beacons, over Black Rock Road is also included.
The Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program is intended to assist municipalities in making targeted physical improvements that achieve real progress toward the goals of Montco 2040 and its themes of Connected Communities, Sustainable Places, and Vibrant Economy.
Projects were evaluated in terms of impact, county and local planning consistency, project readiness, and funding attributes by a committee made up of planning commission board members and interdepartmental county staff. Projects were also given heightened consideration when addressing one of three focus categories for 2020: Walk/Bike Montco – Trails, Paths, Sidewalk Connections and Bike Facilities; Downtown and Community Destination Support; or Adaptation and Resiliency.
Visit www.montcopa.org/Montco2040GrantProgram for more on the grant program and to see all of the grant recipients. For questions, contact Scott France at 610-278-3747 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.