Michael Lynch, WESA radio
Somerset County is trying to find a way to connect the Flight 93 National Memorial with the Great Allegheny Passage as part of a 1,100-mile September 11 National Memorial Trail, which would link the World Trade Center and Pentagon with the Flight 93 crash site.
County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to use a $20,000 grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to contract Philadelphia consultant to Campbell Thomas & Co. to study routes stretching from Garrett to Shanksville in Somerset County. The County also committed a $10,000 match for the project.
Right now, the proposed routes are mainly on roadways, so consultants are studying potential safety hazards, according to Trail Coordinator Brett Hollern. He said results of the study should be released this summer.
“Ideally, the goal would be an off-road connection at some point in the future the whole way so we wouldn’t have to use any on-road routing,” Hollern said. Read More