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County to Construct Multi Purpose Bike Trail The new trail will link with an existing trail in Monroe providing a continues trail from Williamstown to Glassboro

(Woodbury, NJ)- Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Deputy Director Bob Damminger sponsored a resolution that was adopted at last night's Freeholder meeting that inserts a $811,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration for construction of a multi-purpose trail into the Gloucester County budget.

"We will be constructing this Multi Purpose Bike Trail that will parallel Route 322 and extend from Fries Mill Road to Delsea Drive. The trail will link with the existing trail in Monroe Township, providing a continuous trail from Williamstown to Glassboro, a distance of 7.5 miles," said Freeholder Director Sweeney "The trail will also link with Scotland Run Park and Glassboro State Wildlife Management Area, it will be a great recreational feature for our residents," Sweeney said.

Freeholder Deputy Director Damminger, liaison to the county's Highway Department said that the grant funds will be used to construct an asphalt paved 2.82 mile, 10 feet wide trail along a 50 feet wide abandoned rail right of way in Glassboro and Monroe Township.

"Gloucester County offers residents a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities and we are looking forward to adding this section of trail for bikers, walkers and joggers to enjoy," said Freeholder Deputy Director Damminger.  Damminger is the liaison to the county's Division of Planning.  "We are very pleased to receive the grant to complete this section of the trail, which has been a real coordinated effort," said Damminger.  Freeholder Damminger noted that the county had also received FHA funding for the engineering and other necessary requirements to get the project to this phase.

The project will be bid out for construction. Construction would take approximately 90 days. Starting time is dependent on a final NJDOT permit and time for the bid process.