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Chesco Commissioners present update on Schuylkill trail in East Vincent (Pottstown Mercury)

EAST VINCENT — Northern Chester County residents got a taste of county government on Wednesday as the commissioners held their regular business meeting in the township’s municipal building, and presented an update on the progress of the Schuylkill River Trail.

The meeting was one in a planned series of “On The Road” meetings meant to bring the workings of county government to various geographical areas in the county.

“The more we do this in other communities, the more people will understand what we do on a day-to-day basis,” said commissioners’ Chairman Ryan Costello, a former East Vincent supervisor, after the meeting.

David Stauffer, the county’s capital projects coordinator, told the approximately 70 residents assembled at the meeting that work on the trail that hugs the Schuylkill along the county’s northeastern border with Montgomery County was on pace to be finished in 2016.
The final piece of the 13 miles of the trail that cross through Chester County run from East Coventry north to Pottstown. Its construction will be funded by federal money available to reduce traffic congestion in 2015.

The first phase of the project, said Stauffer, was a 5.75-mile stretch from Cromby at the Phoenixville borough line north to Linfield Road in East Coventry that was completed in 2012. A portion of the trail south of Bridge Street in Spring City had opened in the fall of 2010, while the trail north of Bridge Street officially opened in 2011.

The trail has proven popular, with county park rangers estimating that between 35,000 and 40,000 people used the trail last year, Stauffer said.