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State awards $457K grant for trail in Murrysville area

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By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 12:00 p.m.

Westmoreland County has received a major grant that will pay for nearly half of a plan to expand the Westmoreland Heritage Trail.

On Thursday, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Program awarded the county a $457,000 grant to expand the trail along the Turtle Creek railroad through Murrysville, Penn Township and Monroeville.

The project, which is expected to top $1 million, would be the third phase of the trail. Work could begin as early as 2015.

Two local government entities also received grants from the program.

Delmont received $40,000 to develop Newhouse Park, while Export received $15,400 to develop a site plan for the 15-acre J.M. Hall Jr. Park.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or

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