Schuylkill River Trail Projects
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. Enormous efforts have been made to connect these sections and close gaps. Below is a list of current projects.
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.
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Latest Update: A preliminary plan and design has been completed for the project. The cost of the total project has increased due to increases in the cost of steel and required design changes. SRG is currently seeking additional funding with the hope of going out to bid in 2019 and construction following after.
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.
Public meetings held on Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, 2018 introduced area communities to an ongoing feasibility study for two Schuylkill River Trail segments in Schuylkill County. Schuylkill River Greenways currently has several ongoing projects that will continue the extension of the trail in the 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 is preparing the feasibility study to look at alignment options for the two sections.
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.