As cost exceeds early estimates, backers are unsure of next move

GREENFIELD – The connection of the Pennsy Trail from Greenfield to Cumberland could be shelved as county officials try to figure out how to pay for it.

Hancock County Commissioner Brad Armstrong says he doesn’t believe there’s enough support among county officials now to put the idea up for a public vote for a bond issue. And what to do with the $30,000 study on how to connect the two trails is also in question, because the price for the project, an estimated $7.2 million, is a lot higher than advocates expected.

 “It’s a lot higher price tag, I think, than we’d hoped when we got started,” said Armstrong, who advocated for a study to be done with the ultimate goal of getting it on a public referendum.

Commissioners Tuesday heard from Dennis Cobb with First Group Engineering, the firm the Hancock County Tourism Commission hired to perform the study on the trail.

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