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New path to ease access to Md.-W.Va. bridge for pedestrians, bicyclists
Reported by: Associated Press
Thursday, July 17, 2014 3:27 PM EDT
Bicyclists and hikers in western Maryland will soon have an easier time getting across the Potomac River into Paw Paw, West Virginia.
Bicyclists and hikers often detour from the C&O Canal Towpath to cross over into West Virginia. State Highway Administration engineers say the winding, two-lane road leading to the bridge is not especially friendly to people on foot or on bikes.
The new path is about one-third of a mile long and is being built as part of a resurfacing project on Route 51, known as Oldtown Road. It will cost about $350,000 and is scheduled to be completed in October.