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As the York County Rail Trail Authority works toward construction on the final phase of its extension project, the state provided a grant to reimburse the county for work that's been completed.

The state Department of Transportation awarded the authority $883,800 through federal funds for construction of a pedestrian/cycling bridge and ramps over the Codorus Creek at Emig Road as part of the northern extension of the popular Heritage Rail Trail County Park, according to a news release from Gov. Tom Wolf's office.

Gwen Loose, executive director of the authority, said that 2.5-mile extension, called Phase 2, was completed in April, and the state grant will help free up funds to move forward on Phase 3.

Phase 3, Loose said, consists of three parts: building a ramp at Loucks Mills Road west of the Codorus Creek, adding about a mile of trail in North York and building a trail to Small Athletic Field in York City.

The project is estimated to cost about $1.1 million, with construction expected to begin in 2018, she added.

Th authority is in the process of securing federal funding for the final phase of the extension by completing extensive engineering and environmental permitting, but Loose said there will still be a funding gap of about $130,000, which might grow.

The authority will look to fill that gap through local funding sources, she said.

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