Shanksville, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn was joined by September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance and local officials for a visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, and discussed how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address a connection to the Great Allegheny Passage, and other trail connector projects across the state.
"Trails connect us to many things, including in this case of to a 1,300-mile system that will allow users to experience breathtaking landscapes, new towns, and many memorials and historic places of remembrance and American resilience along the way," Dunn said. "Trail gap projects such as this require the type of investment that Restore Pennsylvania could provide."
Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth's vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.
A gap in the September 11th National Memorial Trail is a 20-mile, off-road trail from the Great Allegheny Passage to the Flight 93 National Memorial. The nonprofit September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance is working to complete a network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting the three 9/11 memorial sites in New York City, Arlington, Va., and Shanksville.
"This effort holds particular significance as the connection from the Great Allegheny Passage to the Flight 93 National Memorial will be the first project to construct trail solely under the banner of the September 11th National Memorial Trail," September 11th National Memorial Trail Executive Board Member Brett Hollern said. "We are extremely grateful for the existing trail systems who host our route and for all the tremendous work they have accomplished but we are equally thrilled how the scope of this project, with the leadership of Somerset County, will further the efforts of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance and set an example for future collaborations to advance our efforts."
Dunn said at least $46 million is needed to close a list of Pennsylvania's top 10 trails gaps, intended to help the commonwealth meet a goal of providing a trail within 15 minutes of every citizen.
The Great Allegheny Passage is a 150-mile trail stretching from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland.
To learn more, view the Restore Pennsylvania green infrastructure plan.
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