Chester Valley Trail Funding & Construction

Funding & Construction Coordination
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) FY09 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) is the region's agreed upon list of priority projects for which federal funds are anticipated. The Chester Valley Trail project was programmed on the adopted FY09 TIP with $24.72 million of federal, state, and local funds for completion of the 12-mile project from Exton Park Site east to Montgomery County (Phase I and Phase II). Additionally, the FY09 TIP was amended in 2009 to reflect programming of $5 million of federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for the construction of Phase I.

The Chester County Department of Facilities and Parks is the project’s lead agency for design and construction of the trail. On behalf of PennDOT, the DVRPC administers the Federal Project Funds, prepares all agreements and contracts, bids the construction project, and provides technical assistance. The project is being managed as a federally funded PennDOT project, requiring that all processes, procedures, and documentation follow Federal Highway Administration and PennDOT's accepted practices and standards.
Trail in Progress
The Chester County Bridge Crew and Park Maintenance staff were responsible for maintenance and repair work to nine existing culverts. View before and after pictures of the repaired culverts: Chester County entered into a $4,084,648 contract agreement with C. Abbonizio Contractors, Inc. of Sewell, NJ to construct the first phase of the Chester Valley Trail in East Whiteland Township, Chester County. The project was financed entirely by federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This occurred on September 1, 2009.

The Chester County Commissioners reviewing blueprints
Chester Valley Trail Construction Commences
On September 20, 2009, after years of planning and design, the construction of the trail commenced. Reviewing plans for the trail at Route 401 in East Whiteland Township are (from left) Arora & Associates Project Engineer Jeff Case and County Commissioners Carol Aichele, Terence Farrell, and Kathi Cozzone.

On May 27, 2010, a Pratt Truss bridge, weighing some 800,000 pounds, was erected in the cartway of Church Road in East Whiteland Township. It was lifted, rotated 90 degrees, and set in place. The Church Road bridge was one of three bridges being installed on the trail between Exton and King of Prussia.

The initial four-mile segment was completed and dedicated on September 21, 2010.

On February 16, 2012, PennDOT and Chester County awarded the second phase construction contract to Allan A. Meyers, Worcester, PA for $8,310,386. The second phase, of some 7.5 miles, which will run from Route 29 to the trail connection in Montgomery County at Warner Road, will be constructed in 2012 and 2013. The trail will ultimately connect to the Schuylkill River Trail eastward to Philadelphia and the Struble Trail westward in Downingtown.
The construction of a bridge as part of Chester Valley Trail