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Trail connects Cranberry's Graham Park to Hunters Creek

| Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Cranberry is expanding its biking and walking trails.

Township officials celebrated the opening of a 2,000-foot walking trail on Wednesday linking the Hunters Creek neighborhood and Graham Park, and plans are under way for the expansion of other trails.

Construction of the Hunters Creek trail grew out of a year-old partnership between the Hunters Creek Homeowners Association and the township.

Cranberry's Department of Public Works built the trail, and the homeowners association made a five-year commitment to pay for most of the materials.

The cost of the trail was not available.

“It started with our philosophy of connecting our public assets to the neighborhoods,” township Manager Jerry Andree said.

The township's 2009 comprehensive plan identified the creation of a network of trails and sidewalks as one of its most important goals.

Out of that grew the township Bicyclist and Pedestrian Connection Plan to expand the system.

The Bellevue neighborhood is connected to Graham Park by a trail, and a separate trail is being developed to connect the park to The Crossings neighborhood, the township said.

“It's another step in building our nonvehicular network. It builds connections, it builds ownership,” Andree said. “It's all about building relationships to our neighborhoods and our communities.”

Also, developers are modifying a planned bikeway for a proposed housing development on the former Davis farm along Glen Eden Road.

Developers plan to build 323 houses, townhouses and apartments in two phases, rather than three phases as initially proposed.

As part of those changes, township officials said, developers will scrap plans to construct a 400-foot bike lane along Freshcorn Road and instead paint bike lanes on a 3-mile portion of Heights Drive, Freshcorn and Powell roads between Route 19 and the turnpike.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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