By Brad Segall

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. (CBS) — Montgomery County will be using a former Septa Regional Rail line to extend the Pennypack Trail for hikers, bikers, and walkers in the eastern part of the county.

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Today, county officials broke ground on the 3.2-mile extension, as heavy equipment began removing old railroad ties along the former Newtown Regional Rail line.

That will pave the way for the nearly $2-million project, which will extend the trail north through Bryn Athyn, Lower Moreland and Upper Moreland and south into Rockledge.

“Now, with the connection of this trail with the Pennypack in Philadelphia, somebody can get on a bike or walk or a horse at the Delaware River and go 15.2 miles west to the Bucks County line,” noted Bryn Athyn mayor Kenneth Schauder (third from right in photo).

Construction on the trail, most of which will be along the scenic Pennypack Creek,  is already underway, and should be wrapped up by the fall of next year.

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Abington Township commissioner Michael Markman says the trail represents a link among the communities:

“We have this township form of government in Pennsylvania, and we tend to look within our township and not connect to the surrounding townships.  The beauty of this situation is, we are connecting.”

The county will be selling those old railroad ties and rails for scrap to help offset the cost of removal.

 

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