Frederick County Receives Grant To Construct F&PL Trail

Map courtesy of Frederick County, Md.

It will  follow a railroad right of way owned by the MTA.

Frederick, Md. (KM) – Frederick County has received some funding to construct a trail. On Wednesday, the Transportation Priorities Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments approved a $5.28-miillion grant to build Phase One of the Frederick and Pennsylvania Line Railroad Trail. . It’s a 1.8-mile trail that will extend from Monocacy Boulevard in the city of Frederick to Fountain Rock Nature Center in Walkersville. It will cross over Tuscarora Creek and the Monocacy River, and eventually connect with the proposed East Street Rails to Trails project.

“We are very excited to be able to construct this trail,”: says Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner,  in a statement. “This will be an important connection for people who want to walk, bicycle safely in and out of the city.”

It will be a 10-foot wide asphalt trail which will follow the railroad right-of-way owned by the Maryland Transportation Administration, and leased to the Walkersville Southern Railroad.

Funding for the grant comes through the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program Funding under the Surface Transportation Block Grand Program, according to a news release from the County.

By Kevin McManus