Chester Valley Trail News & Updates
On or about November 21, installation of a new natural gas transmission line to be bored under the trail between Bacton Hill Road and Swedesford Road in East Whiteland Township will commence. Prior to this time, survey work will occur. Please be aware that trail access may be intermittent while work is in progress. Please use caution in this location. Park staff and contractors will be actively monitoring the trail during the work period.
Foundry Way Crossing Improvements
Improvements to the Chester Valley Trail crossing of Foundry Way at Uptown Worthington in Malvern include:
- Removal of the existing crosswalk and replacement with new 24” wide white thermoplastic striping
- Replacement and installation of additional advanced warning signage to alert motorists of the trail crossing
- Installation of new “Shared Use Trail”/Chester Valley Trail crossing signs at each side and each approach to the new crosswalk
- Addition of painted stop bars and “Hwy xing” pavement markings to the trail surface on both approaches to the intersection crossing
This improvement project was funded by the Friends of Chester Valley Trail through a grant received from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
The Chester Valley Trail brochure showcases a brief history of the trail, contact information, and a map comprised of trailhead locations, mile markers and places of interest.
Trail Extension Survey
The Chester Valley Trail Extension Study Citizen Survey has been closed. Thank you to all who participated. We received over 1,100 responses and got some great input that will help to inform the study recommendations. The results of the survey will be incorporated into the Draft Master Plan to be available in September 2016. Thank you again for your continued interest in the Chester Valley Trail Extension Study!
15 mph speed limit markers have been placed on the trail to improve safety for the tens of thousands of users. The speed limit also applies to the Schuylkill River and Struble Trails. The County has received complaints of cyclists exceeding the speed limit and three cycling-related accidents have been reported on the Chester Valley Trail this year.
North Regional Park Superintendent Owen Prusack believes a lack of knowledge about trail safety is the issue. He said, “The speed limit is posted on the somewhat unobtrusive Trail Rules and Trail Etiquette signs, but it has become clear more obvious postings are needed.The county hopes to slow down cyclists, prevent accidents and cut down on complaints from other trail users and motorists traveling on intersecting roads.
The speed markers will be placed each mile and include arrow signs signaling what direction users should be traveling. “The major rules of the trail are keep right, provide audible warning when passing, travel under 15 mph, and be courteous to other users,” said Prusack.
The Chester Valley Trail averages 30,000 users per month from April through October.