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MPMC to sign contract for trails feasibility study

July 19, 2011

MERCERSBURG, Pa. — The Montgomery-Peters-Mercersburg Connectivity (MPMC) plan is expected to take a giant step forward today when group leaders meet with Campbell Thomas & Co. to sign a contract for a feasibility study to develop a plan for walking and biking connectivity between the Borough of Mercersburg and Montgomery and Peters townships.

The connectivity includes neighborhoods, schools, parks, business areas, historical and recreational opportunities, according to a news release.

The public is invited to the kickoff event tonight at 6 in the James Buchanan Middle School Library to learn more about the study, meet the community architects and study team, and thank the donors who have funded the study.

Campbell Thomas & Co. is a community and transportation planning firm with a special interest in trails, greenways, historic preservation and community revitalization. The firm was selected after a review of other proposals solicited by MPMC.

It will work with MPMC to inventory existing spaces and resources, map suggested and existing walking and biking routes, and create a plan that can be phased in — with short-term and long-term tasks identified, according to the release.

Workshops and meetings will be held during the study period to obtain community recommendations and provide updates on progress.

MPMC, a subcommittee of the Mercersburg Area Council on Wellness, was created to  enhance public spaces by connecting people and places with safe routes for pedestrians and bikers. Members of the committee have enlisted the support of state, county and local officials, including representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The MPMC project also is a link in Franklin County's greenway plan.

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