Schuylkill River Trail Project in Chester County, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- NEPA Compliance
- Phase 1 Bog Turtle Habitat Assessment
- Threatened & Endangered Species Coordination
- Wetland Delineation and Evaluation
- Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
This project is for the construction of a shared use path for non-motorized modes of travel and will be a public accessible biking and hiking trail to be used for recreational, fitness, tourism, and commuting purposes. The intent of the trail is to pull commuter traffic from area roads. The project will include new trail/trailhead construction, existing trail/trailhead improvements, and a new pedestrian crossing bridge. The majority of the new trail, from Fricks Lock to Township Line Road, will be built on existing railroad beds. The remaining portion of the new trail will utilize a combination of existing railroad and PECO Energy corridors, roadway and utility right-of-ways, canal towpaths, public and private open space, and existing bridges. In the future, the trail will link the existing Schuylkill River Trail at its terminus at Betzwood in the Valley Forge National Historic Park. The existing trail is built on Pennsylvania Railroad right-of-way and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Interiors National Trail System as a National Recreational Trail. The existing trail is located in the center of the Schuylkill River Heritage Corridor, a five county area designated as a State Heritage Park, high- lighting the rich industrial and cultural heritage of this region. The existing trail will also provide access to the future Perkiomen Trail in Oaks, the future Chester Valley trail in Norristown, and the future Cross-Country Trail in Conshohocken.