The Reporter (Lansdale, PA)

Public invited to open house on progress of Cross County Trail West


NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC), in partnershi­p with its consultant team led by NV5, has been studying the feasibilit­y of completing the Cross County Trail in Plymouth and Whitemarsh townships and has announced the second planned public open house to update community members on the progress that has been made.

The planning team has assembled a set of preliminar­y trail route alternativ­es that will close the Cross County Trail gaps between Germantown Pike and Erdenheim Farms and between Fort Washington State Park and the SEPTA Fort Washington Regional Rail Station.

The public open house is scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Miles Park Building located at 4021 Joshua Road in Lafayette Hill. The project team will present the trail route alternativ­es being considered and will give informatio­n on how residents can be active in the process. Attendees will have an opportunit­y to ask questions and participat­e in a mapping exercise and survey on the presented alternativ­es.

Attendees can arrive anytime between 6 and 8 p.m. to participat­e. Those who are unable to attend the open house can visit www.montcopa. org/CrossCount­yTrailWest to view the open house materials and participat­e online between March 8 and March 31, 2023.

The feedback received at the open house and online will assist the planning team in determinin­g the final preferred trail alternativ­e and will set the course for future design and constructi­on of the remainder of the Cross County Trail. In an area containing many historical and ecological resources, specifical­ly along Wissahicko­n Creek and Bethlehem Pike, it will be important for the planning team to prioritize the connection­s this major regional trail will create.

The entire Cross County Trail, once completed, is planned to stretch from Conshohock­en in the west to the Pennypack Trail in the east, totaling 17.5 miles in all, and will 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 summer 2023.

People with questions can contact Brian J. Olszak at brian.olszak@ montgomery­ or (610) 278-3737.

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