- Trail Improvements
Improvements along the Chester Valley Trail (CVT)
Recent improvements have been implemented to the Chester Valley Trail, and several projects are in progress for the near future:
Since the CVT crossing of Ship Road was opened, several improvements have been made to the crossing. These include replacement of the overhead flashing beacons with larger, more prominent yellow lights and new pedestrian crossing warning signs on the poles adjacent to the trail. Additionally, infrared detection devices were installed that will detect trail users approaching the intersection and automatically turn on the flashing lights.
Please remember, pedestrians are required to stop at all street crossings. Push the button for the crosswalk indicators and only cross the road when facing a white walk indicator, and after verifying that cars have stopped.
Future Trail Improvements
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.
New Multi-use Path from the Chester Valley Trail to the Exton Train Station
Plans for the much anticipated multi-use path connecting the Chester Valley Trail to the Exton Train Station are being finalized and construction is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2019. The trail will provide the missing pedestrian/bicycle link from the Exton Train Station to the heart of Exton including Main Street at Exton, Exton Mall, Whiteland Towne Center and the new residential centers, as well as, to the Chester Valley Trail. The project has been through rigorous PennDOT reviews and is nearing the construction phase.
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 WWT Transportation Fund.
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.