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Newtown Rail Trail Construction to Begin

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Evan Stone, executive director of the Bucks County Planning Commission, expressed a big thank you to Mother Nature on Tuesday. She delayed the “torrential rains” expected this week so they wouldn’t dampen the groundbreaking for the new Newtown Rail Trail.

As the sun shone brightly, Stone and several other Bucks and Montgomery County officials picked up shovels to start work on the new multi-purpose trail as dozens of spectators watched at the former Southampton railroad station off Second Street Pike.

Years in the making, the trail will be laid on the right-of-way where the former Newtown rail line used to run before SEPTA closed it down in 1983. The first section of trail, for which the ground was broken, will extend from Bristol Road to County Line Road in Upper Southampton.

When it opens, it will be used by walkers, joggers and bicyclists and will connect Tamanend Park in Upper Southampton to the Pennypack Rail Trail in Montgomery County after a small section of trail running from County Line to the Pennypack trail is finished. The existing Pennypack Trail runs through Montgomery and Philadelphia to the Delaware River.

The Newtown project is expected to cost approximately $2.4 million. Design costs were funded by PennDOT’s Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund, Montgomery County and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Regional Trails Program via the William Penn Foundation, said Bucks spokesman Larry King. SEPTA is leasing the right-of-way for the project at $1 a year, said Paul Gordon of the Bucks County Planning Commission.

 

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