- Trail Improvements
New Multi-use Path from the Chester Valley Trail to the Exton Train Station
Work on the multi-use path from Chester Valley Trail to Exton Train Station is under way! Township Public Works staff has begun work in preparation for the new trail. Efforts include curb re-alignment, relocation of drainage structures and roadway reconstruction. The work being performed by Township forces will make way for the upcoming construction project which will construct the actual path as well as provide traffic signal modifications to serve pedestrians as well as provide lighting. The contract for the work will be awarded this fall with the majority of construction activities taking place in the spring of 2020.
The trail will provide the missing pedestrian/bicycle link from the Exton Train Station to all of these areas in the heart of Exton:
- Main Street at Exton
- Exton Mall
- Whiteland Towne Center
- New residential centers
- Chester Valley Trail (CVT)
The path will be constructed along the west side of Route 100 from the Chester Valley Trail up to and under the 30 Bypass bridges. The trail will then cross Route 100 and the eastbound 30 Bypass on-ramp and will continue to the sidewalk on Walkertown Road.
ADA-compliant pedestrian crossings, complete with curb ramps and pedestrian signals, will be provided at the intersections. The project will also include traffic signal modifications, lighting, and way-finding signage.
Funding for the trail has been provided by a DCED Multi-modal Grant, developer contributions, and the WWT Transportation Fund.
CVT Crossing of Pottstown Pike (Rt. 100)
Chester County Facilities Department is progressing plans to create a crosswalk for the CVT crossing across Rt. 100 along the south side of the intersection. This new crosswalk will allow trail users to continue straight along the trail (after yielding to traffic of course). Currently, in order to cross Rt. 100, a trail user needs to cross three legs of the Rt. 100/Commerce Drive intersection.
CVT to Oaklands Corporate Center
Design is underway on Phase IVa , the final portion of the former rail line to be converted to trail use. It will extend west from the current terminus along Commerce Drive in Main Street at Exton to the Oaklands Corporate Center in Exton. A major element of this phase includes a new pedestrian bridge over South Whitford Road. Plans have been submitted to PennDOT for approval, and coordination with utilities is ongoing. Construction is anticipated to start in the summer of 2018.
CVT Extension to Downingtown
The Chester County Planning Commission (CCPC) has completed a study to extend the Chester Valley Trail from Exton to Downingtown. The study evaluated two predetermined alignments. One is the alignment identified in the Central Chester County Bicycle and Pedestrian Circulation Plan, published by the CCPC in 2013. The second alignment is the inactive Philadelphia/Thorndale railroad corridor currently owned by the Norfolk Southern Corporation which parallels the existing Amtrak / Septa tracks. The trail extension also will provide connections to the Struble and East Branch Brandywine Trails.