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Bike trail connections ongoing between Mt. Pleasant and Scottdale

Date: 5/4/2013

By Rachel Basinger 

The Coal and Coke Recreation Trail that runs between Mt. Pleasant and Scottdale boroughs has begun seeing an increase in users, especially with the sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Members of the trail committee have been busy in the offseason planning and completing several projects to better the trail, including completion of the extension from the Willows Park area in Mt. Pleasant to the borough’s Main Street (Route 31).

Bob Keeler, trail committee secretary, said they actually finished that particular project last fall.

“Bringing the trail on out to Main Street was always a goal of ours,” he said. “It was hard for people to find Willows Park to access the trail and it’s always been our intention to have a visible, accessible trail head on Main Street.”

Previous owners of the property needed to extend the trail to Main Street would not agree to provide right-of-way to the trail committee.

“But the new owners (Demo Depot) have been wonderful and so accommodating,” Keeler said. “They’ve been helping us in many different ways.”

The committee is in the process of erecting a fence on the Willows Park side of the trail parallel to the bigger soccer field in that area.

Keeler said they are hoping to prevent children, who are often in the park, from running onto the trail and getting hit by a biker.

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/3928618-74/trail-committee-keeler#ixzz2afYkVaNS 

Published: Saturday, May 4, 2013, 12:51 a.m.
Updated: Monday, May 6, 2013 

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