The Corry Junction Greenway Trail may be snow-covered for now, but come spring, there should be plenty of activity on the former railroad grade that stretches from Corry to just over the New York state line.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently announced that a contract has been awarded for a $530,500 construction project for the trail, which is being developed for recreational use. The money comes from federal transportation enhancement funds and is administered through PennDOT, according to Marianne Warner, safety/press officer for PennDOT.

If inclement weather delays the work, the contractor will continue in the spring. Development of the trail is expected to be completed in the summer of 2010.

Horizon Construction Group of Sandy Lake, Mercer County, was awarded the contract for the project, which includes pavements, cement concrete sidewalk, signs, pavement trail markings, guide rail adjustment, and drainage improvements in the city of Corry and Concord and Wayne townships.

The trail extends from Route 426 in Corry, next to Corry Concrete, to Clymer, N.Y. The development of the former Penn Central railroad grade is the first rails-to-trails project in Erie County.

Chris Schalles, a founding member of the Northwest Pennsylvania Trail Association spearheaded an effort since the fall of 2000 to have the former railroad grade developed into a recreational trail. Schalles worked with the Corry Community Development Corp. to have the trail developed.

See the Journal's Monday, December 28th edition for full story.

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