Chester Valley Trail News

Three-Way stop installed at Foundry Way Crossing

A new three-way stop condition was implemented at the Foundry Way Crossing intersection at the Uptown Worthington Development. The Friends of Chester Valley Trail have assisted in improving user safety at this location by contributing to the required engineering study, installation of new signage, a continental crosswalk and additional pavement markings. The County also worked with O'Neil Properties, owner of the private roadway, and East Whiteland Township to contract the project.

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Speed Limit Markers on Trail

15 mph speed limit markers are posted on the trail to improve safety for the tens of thousands of users. The speed limit also applies to the Schuylkill River and Struble Trails. The County has received complaints of cyclists exceeding the speed limit and three cycling-related accidents have been reported on the Chester Valley Trail this year.

Parks & Trails Manager Owen Prusack believes a lack of knowledge about trail safety is the issue. He said, “The speed limit is posted on the somewhat unobtrusive Trail Rules and Trail Etiquette signs, but it has become clear more obvious postings are needed.The county hopes to slow down cyclists, prevent accidents and cut down on complaints from other trail users and motorists traveling on intersecting roads.

The speed markers are placed each mile and include arrow signs signaling what direction users should be traveling. “The major rules of the trail are keep right, provide audible warning when passing, travel under 15 mph, and be courteous to other users,” said Prusack.

The Chester Valley Trail averages 30,000 users per month from April through October.