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The final piece of funding for improvements to a section of the county's Rail Trail was secured Wednesday, June 1, when commissioners agreed to contribute $55,000.

The money being kicked in by the county comes from its portion of Marcellus Shale Legacy funds, money paid to the state by natural gas drillers and earmarked for certain recreational projects. Commissioners approved the allocation at their weekly meeting.

"It's the final bit of funding to make sure the project is fully funded," said Tim Miller, acting executive director of Downtown Inc, which has been involved with the project.

The project will improve a section of the Heritage Rail Trail from the Colonial Court House in York City to Grantley Road in Spring Garden Township. The plan calls for lighting improvements and resurfacing that section of the trail.

The $915,000 cost for the project came in under budget and is being paid for mainly through grants and private donations.

Work is underway and is expected to take a few months to complete. The section of trail is closed in the meantime.

The trail also extends south from the city, winding its way for a total of 21 miles down to the Mason-Dixon Line, where it meets up with the Torrey C. Brown Trail in Maryland, which continues another 20 miles south. There's also a northern extension from Route 30 to John Rudy County Park in Manchester Township; a link between that and the trail ending in the city is planned.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @ggrossyd.

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