Freeholders Break Ground on Bike Trail The new trail should be ready for this summer
(Woodbury, NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney, Freeholder Deputy Director Bob Damminger and Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco broke ground today on a new section of trail that the county is constructing that will link with the existing trail in Monroe Township to provide a continuous 7.5 mile trail from Williamstown to Glassboro.
The trail parallels Route 322 and extends from Fries Mill Road to Delsea Drive.
Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney said, “This trail is going to be finished just as the weather gets nice and our families will be able to utilize it throughout the summer.” Sweeney noted that the county applied for and received an $811,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration for construction of the multi-purpose trail.
“We are very pleased to receive the grant to complete this section of the trail, which has been a real coordinated effort,” said Director Sweeney. Sweeney noted that the county had also received FHA funding for the engineering and other necessary requirements to get the project to this phase. “It’s going to be a great asset to the communities.”
Freeholder Deputy Director Bob Damminger, liaison to the County’s Public Works Department who has been in charge of the project, said, “This is a ‘rails to trail’ project. This asphalt paved 2.82 mile, 10 feet wide trail along a 50 feet wide abandoned rail right of way in Glassboro and Monroe Township will provide a continuous trail from Williamstown to Glassboro for a total distance of 7.5 miles.”
“This bike trail is just one more way for residents and visitors to enjoy Gloucester County,” Damminger said. “The trail will link with Scotland Run Park and Glassboro State Wildlife Management Area.”
“Gloucester County has been working to expand the free recreational opportunities we offer to our residents and this will be a great section of trail for bikers, walkers and joggers to enjoy,” said Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco. DiMarco is the Freeholder Liaison to the Department of Parks and Recreation.
“You can get all the kids on their bikes or put their sneakers on and go for a nature walk, you don’t need anything fancy to use this trail, your feet will work just fine,” said DiMarco.
South State Construction is constructing the trail.