Crawford County commissioners are expected to act next week on potential support of federal grant application to fund more work on the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail.

Commissioners would support a letter of intent for funding to help develop more of the proposed hiking and biking trail that runs in eastern Crawford County.

The county is being asked to submit a letter of intent on behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council to the Appalachian Regional Commission for a $1.5 million grant, Zach Norwood, the county's planning director, told commissioners Wednesday.

If awarded, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council would provide $3 million in matching funds for the grant, Norwood told the Tribune.

If obtained, the money would be used to develop uncompleted sections of the trail, Norwood said. About 40 percent of the money would be used to develop sections in eastern Crawford County, Norwood said.

Other work would be done in Venango County as well as on associated trail links east of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail, he said.

Commissioners and the planning office are expected to meet with representatives of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council to review potential plans and determine whether the county then would support a full grant application, Norwood said.

Currently, there is a completed section of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail in Crawford County, but it ends about 3 miles south of Spartansburg in the northeastern corner of the county.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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