Chester Valley Trail, Phase III
West Whiteland Township, Chester County, PA
Phase III of the Chester Valley Trail project includes 1.2 miles of paved trail running west from Exton Park to Iron Lake Boulevard in Exton, PA (West Whiteland Township).
TPD provided full-time on-site construction inspection and management services for this project. The trail alignment for this phase links two previously constructed phases along the bed of the Chester Valley Railroad. The paved trail was constructed at a width of 10 to 12 feet wide on the existing 14 foot wide bed of railroad ballast. The project also included trail amenities and appurtenances, such as: landscaping, fencing, bollards, swing gates, etc.
In addition to the typical trail construction activities, the project also included replacement of an existing culvert at Valley Creek and construction of two signalized grade crossings at Lincoln Highway (Business Route 30) and Ship Road. The Ship Road crossing consists of an actuated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) using fully accessible pedestrian signal (APS) push buttons. The Lincoln Highway crossing implements a fully signal controlled crossing providing trail movements with the right of way upon actuation. These crossings, as well as all of roadway crossings associated with this project, included installation of ADA Compliant ramps, pavement markings, and signing.
This project also required adherence to the ACT II management process during construction due to the presence of hazardous materials contained within a portion of the disturbed soil. During the management of this construction project, TPD’s inspection staff administered the construction contract, kept daily inspection records, monitored E&S controls, worked with neighboring property owners, and interacted with trail users.