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Group wants to link Heritage Trail with Delmont spur

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By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Volunteers developing a rails-to-trails expansion from Trafford to Export want to use Delmont to connect two parts of the Heritage Trail.

Bob Burton, a volunteer for the Heritage Trail, told borough officials last month that the group wants to develop a trail spur to connect the planned expansion with the Heritage Trail that ends along Athena Drive.

“We have no planned area, but we would certainly investigate it,” Burton said. “We're trying to figure a way to get across or over Route 66.”

Delmont Council adopted a resolution several years ago to support the rails-to-trails program, borough Solicitor Dan Hewitt said. Council Vice President Andy Shissler said council would be interested in adding a trail spur to the borough.

The connecting spur would not cost the borough any money, Burton said.

“We're going through Murrysville, and we're not asking them for money.

“This is a walking and bike trail,” Burton said. “When we went into Slickville, everyone thought it would be heavily used by bicycles. It is, but I am surprised by how heavily it is used by walkers.”

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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