NORRISTOWN, PA — The Montgomery County Commissioners joined with other local officials on March 13, 2023, to cut the ribbon on the Chester Valley Trail Extension, a 3.8-mile extension of the Chester Valley Trail. This newly completed extension links the existing 14.5-mile portion of the Chester Valley Trail, which currently runs from Exton to King of Prussia, to the Schuylkill River Trail in Norristown.
“The significance of completing this nearly 4-mile gap in the Chester Valley Trail cannot be overstated,” said Kenneth E. Lawrence, Jr., Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “It has transformed the ability to recreate and commute between Chester County and points throughout Montgomery County. Now that it is complete, trail users can ride and walk as far north as Green Lane Park and as far east as Philadelphia.”
The trail extension installed two pedestrian bridges at South Gulph Road and Henderson Road and enhanced two bridges for increased bike and pedestrian use.
“Trails have always been integral to the health and welfare of the county’s residents,” said Jamila H. Winder, Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “That is why we have invested significant resources into planning and building them. They contribute to the livability of our county and draw people here to live, work and visit.”
The Chester Valley Trail Extension passes through three municipalities, Upper Merion Township, Bridgeport, and Norristown. The new trail was constructed as a 10- to 12-foot-wide, paved, multi-use path that is part of the Circuit Trails network, a vast regional network of hundreds of miles of multi-use trails in the Greater Philadelphia region that is growing each year.
The project was funded primarily by the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ).
The project contractor was Allan Myers of Worcester, the construction manager and inspector was JBC Associates, Inc. of King of Prussia, and the trail engineer was Boles, Smyth Associates of Philadelphia.
The total cost of construction and construction management is approximately $18 million.
To download maps of the trail and photos from the event, click here.
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