Royersford Gets $428K Grant For Trestle Bridge Project On Trail

ROYERSFORD, PA – Royersford’s trestle bridge is getting state funds for improvements to the structure as part of the Schuylkill River Trail.

Trails are popular places in this pandemic, providing outdoor recreation. Royersford will receive $428,000 to develop the borough’s portion of the Schuylkill River Trail, including rehabilitation of the trestle bridge that joins Spring City and Royersford.

Improvements to the trail are “another great step toward waterfront revitalization,” said State Rep. Joe Ciresi (D-146th). Greater walkability and bike access will improve connections for schools, small businesses and grocery stores in both boroughs, Ciresi said.

In June, the trestle bridge project also received funds from Montgomery County, in a “Montco 2040 Implementation Grant” of $115,000.

Ciresi also said the finished trail will highlight “the historic industrial link the trestle bridge once provided.”

The project includes creating Americans With Disabilities Act access, landscaping, project signage, and other site improvements.

Royersford isn’t the only Montgomery County municipality that received the state grant. Worcester Township will get $326,200 to develop the township’s Zacharias Creek Trail. That work includes construction of about 1.15 miles of trail between the current trail ending near Anders Road and Evansburg State Park.

The two municipalities received a total of $754,000 for trail improvements that fall under a broad category of “community conservation partnership programs,” the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources explained this week.

In all, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded about $7.6 million in grants from a variety of state and federal funding sources: the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program, Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program, an ATV Restricted Management Account, and a Snowmobile Restricted Management Account.

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