Trail Projects, Plans & Studies
Schuylkill River Greenways and our partners have several ongoing projects that will continue the extension of the Schuylkill River Trail. There are currently 75 miles of the trail completed and when finished it will run 120 miles from Frackville in Schuylkill County to Philadelphia.SRT Plans & Studies
Schuylkill River Trail Projects
Enormous efforts have been made to connect trail sections and close gaps. Below is a list of current projects.
A former Pennsylvania Railroad bridge in Auburn will be rehabilitated as part of the extension of the Schuylkill River Trail. The final design drawings are expected to be completed by fall 2019 with bids being accepted in spring 2020. The target date for the project completion is winter 2020.
The announcement to the public and kickoff happened on Dec. 5, 2018. To find out more, CLICK HERE.
Schuylkill River Greenways currently has several ongoing projects that will continue the extension of the trail in Schuylkill County. This includes a 1.7-mile trail gap between Auburn and Landingville as well a 3-mile gap from Mount Carbon to Schuylkill Haven. The consultant, Simone Collins Landscape Architecture, received community input at public meetings held November 2018 and January 2019. From these meetings, the consultant prepared two feasibility studies for alignment options for these sections.
Chester County's SRT Phase II Project
Attendees of a public meeting held on Oct. 17, 2018 learned that an integral section of the Schuylkill River Trail is expected to be completed in the next few years. The project is the construction of a shared-use trail between Linfield Road in Parker Ford and the US 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River in Pottstown. The closing of this gap will link the Philadelphia to Reading Schuylkill River Trail section. The total budget of the project is $9 million. The final design, engineering and permitting is projected to happen in 2019 while the construction is projected for 2020.
Parkerford Riverside Park Concept Public Meeting
Two public meetings were held on Sept. 9, 2019 and Oct. 16, 2019 about a proposed park area in Parkerford. The proposed park area includes nearly 14 acres among 6 parcels owned by Chester County, East Coventry and East Vincent Townships. Project goals include providing public access to the Schuylkill River, promoting the appreciation of the area's historic resources and providing a direct link to the Schuylkill River Trail.
The project is an initiative of the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area and the Task Force includes representatives from the Schuylkill River Greenways, Chester County, East Vincent Township, East Coventry Township, North Coventry Township, Limerick Township and the Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Planning Commission. The project design consultants include Ray Ott, of Ray Ott & Associates Town and Land Planners in West Chester and Robert Thomas of Campbell Thomas & Company Architects in Philadelphia.
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Latest Update: A preliminary plan and design has been completed for the project. The cost of the total project had increased due to increases in the cost of steel and required design changes. SRG has acquired the additional funding and will be going out to bid in the Fall of 2019. Construction will begin the spring of 2020 once everything has thawed from the winter. The project is expected to take about 6 or 7 months and will hopefully be completed by Fall of 2020.
Background: SRG was awarded a PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources grant totaling $516,501 for the construction of a Schuylkill River Trail pedestrian bridge over Route 724. The bridge will be located in Union Township near Monocacy Station. Funding will provide for ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. The total project cost was originally estimated at about $1 million. An additional $325,636 was secured from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Peggy Whittaker donated a generous amount to help fund the project in honor of her late husband, Dr. Richard P. Whittaker, for whom the bridge will be named.
The bridge location, often referred to as the Monocacy Crossing, is along the Thun Section of the Schuylkill River Trail. It’s a high-traffic area along Route 724. Cars are travelling at a high rate of speed with poor sight distances. Currently, trail users must descend a steep slope in order to cross Route 724 and ascend another slope on the opposite road bank. SRG installed visible warning signs at the intersection in 2016. Those signs were paid for through Safe Crossing funds raised through the sale of Sly Fox Brewery’s SRT Ale.
Our Trail Sustainability Coordinator has been coordinating with the Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps (GAVCC) to continue building the Schuylkill River Trail in St. Clair of Schuylkill County. GAVCC focuses on conservation projects and the group working with SRG has been cutting down trees, clearing debris and more to make room for a path. The first phase of clearing the surface is completed and the second phase, which includes fencing, will resume in spring 2019.
The completed section will be a paved mile stretch and it's expected to be finished by the summer of 2019.