Heritage Area Helps Lead Bridge Opening Ride

The bridge under construction, as seen during April 2016

POTTSTOWN PA – The long-awaited Sullivan’s Bridge that links the Schuylkill River Trail with Valley Forge National Historical Park is finally complete, and bicyclists from across Southeastern Pennsylvania plan to mark the occasion Aug. 19 (2016; Friday), according to the Pottstown-based Schuylkill River Heritage Area.

The heritage area, headquartered on College Drive, will join with Bike Chester County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the historical park, and other partners for a 2.5-mile celebratory bike ride that launches at 9:30 a.m. from the trail’s Pawlings Road Trailhead. It arrives in time for a 10:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting at the Betzwood Trailhead. After that, the group will be among the first cyclists to ride across the bridge into Valley Forge.

The new 1000-foot-long pedestrian and bike bridge links the north and south sides of Valley Forge National Historical Park, and connects the Schuylkill River Trail to the park’s 26 miles of trails. It replaces a wooden walkway that was built alongside the U.S. Route 422 bridge.

The event is open to riders of all ages and experience levels. Helmets are required. Those who intend to participate in the ride are asked to provide advance notice by sending an e-mail here.

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