Royersford Wins State Grant for Trail, Trestle Bridge Work

HARRISBURG PA – Two western Montgomery County municipalities – the borough of Royersford, and Worcester Township – will receive a combined total of $754,000 in state grant money for trail improvements that fall under a broad category of “community conservation partnership programs,” Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Thursday (Oct. 16, 2020).

Royersford is scheduled to receive $428,000 for development of the borough’s portion of the Schuylkill River Trail, including rehabilitation of Royersford trestle bridge. The work also will involved creating Americans With Disabilities Act access, landscaping, project signage, and other related site improvements.

Worcester is due to get $326,200 for development of the township’s Zacharias Creek Trail. That work includes construction of about 1.15 miles of trail between the current trail terminus near Anders Road and Evansburg State Park. A bridge, ADA access, landscaping, project signage and other improvements are expected there as well.

In all, the department 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.

Further rehabilitation of the trestle bridge that joins Spring City and Royersford on the trail “is another great step toward waterfront revitalization,” according to state 146th District Rep. Joe Ciresi, whose constituents include borough residents. “Greater walk-ability and bike access will improve connections” for schools, small businesses and grocery stores in both boroughs, he added. The finished trail also will highlight “the historic industrial link the trestle bridge once provided,” he said.

The department reports its current goal is to ensure a trail is within 10 minutes’ travel of every Pennsylvanian. Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said more than 12,000 miles of trails and accompanying events can be searched online here.

During June (2020), the trestle bridge project also won $115,000 in funding from Montgomery County’s “Montco 2040 Implementation Grants” program.

Bridge photo from SaveTheTrestle.com