Kennett Township gets $1.2 million grant to develop multi-use trails

Submitted photoKennett Township was awarded $1.2 million to develop a multi-use trail system.
Submitted photoKennett Township was awarded $1.2 million to develop a multi-use trail system.

KENNETT TOWNSHIP >> Kennett Township was awarded a $1.2 million grant through the Multimodal Transportation Fund for the improvements and development of trail segments as part of the Kennett Greenway Trail.

The grant will be used to improve and develop multi-use trails for pedestrians and bicyclists so that they may commute safely and separately from vehicle traffic.

“This is really exciting,” said Lisa Moore, township manager. “We’ve been working hard on this.” Moore said there was joint cooperation between the township, Kennett Trails Alliance, and the Land Conservancy of Chester County to petition for the funding.

In announcing the grant, Sen. Tom Killion said the trails will promote safety.

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“Currently, the trails are narrow and very close to roads built for motor vehicles,” he said. “These improvements will be very important to the safety concerns of residents and visitors to this area.”

Moore said Kennett Township will contribute $300,000 toward the project, and the money has been allocated in the 2017 budget.

Kennett Township plans to install paths and sidewalks on South Street, McFarlan Road and East Baltimore Pike. Improvements will also be made to Pennock Park, Parrish, Whittle, and Chandler Mill Road trails and Chandler Mill Bridge.

“I’m pleased that these townships will be able to move forward with these improvements. I’m hopeful many residents and their families will enjoy for many years to come.”

Said Moore: The grant will allow us to run a bicycle and pedestrian trail all the way down Chandler Mill Road to Chandler Mill bridge and it will provide money to rehab the Chandler Mill bridge.”

Moore said the project likely will not get started until the end of 2017.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund is administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) and strives to create a walkable and bikeable circuit.

The Magnolia Trail, which will serve as the official trailhead of the Kennett Greenway, will soon connect key segments on the western portion of the Greenway to allow for continuous access to Kennett’s rich natural resources. The Magnolia trail itself will be a half-mile long, and connect with Pennock Park and the Parish Trailhead.

The Kennett Greenway is the result of collaboration of the Kennett Township, including the Kennett Trails & Sidewalks Committee and the Land Conservation Advisory Committee, the Kennett Borough and several private non-profit organizations, including Kennett Trails Alliance and The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County.

The goal of Kennett Trails Alliance is to connect the Kennett community to its natural beauty while promoting health, safety, a respect for the environment and a sense of community, through the creation of the Kennett Greenway, which will be a 10-12 mile loop connected by trails and sidewalks. KTA’s vision includes building a better Kennett community for the current generation and for generations to come.

The Kennett Trails Alliance and The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County are private, not-for-profit organizations based in Chester County.

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