Residents, Stakeholders Provide Input on Chester Valley Trail West Project

Over 80 people attended the third and final public meeting for the Chester Valley Trail West Feasibility Study and Master Plan on November 7th to learn more about the plan and offer input. The goal of the Chester County Planning Commission’s meeting was to share and solicit feedback on the draft recommended alignment for the Chester Valley Trail West. This ambitious project seeks to connect Lancaster County’s Enola Low Grade Trail with the planned Chester Valley Trail Extension and the Struble Trail. The alignment identified spans over 20 miles and includes both multi-use trail and on-road segments. View the draft report

Although the feasibility study is nearing completion, the development of this trail system is just beginning. The recommended alignment is divided into nine distinct segments which can each be developed as a separate project. These segments will all require further design, engineering, permitting and construction, and each of these activities will require funding. Some will be more straightforward to develop than others and may therefore be built sooner. The county envisions the westernmost segments that connect directly with the Enola Low Grade Trail, which is slated for completion by 2023, would likely be the first part of the overall trail to be built.

CVT West Recommended Alignment At-a-Glance

Municipality Miles of
Multi-use Trail
Miles of On-Road Trail Segments Total CVT West Trail Mileage
Downingtown 0.7 0.3 1.04
Caln 5.3 2.4 7.69
Coatesville 2.4 2.36
Valley 1.9 0.4 2.25
Sadsbury 1.5 0.3 1.76
Parkesburg 1.1 0.8 1.92
West Sadsbury 2.6 2.55
Atglen 1.5 0 1.54
Total 14.6 6.6 21.2


The draft report is available to view and download on the project website. All are invited to comment on the draft report through December 3rd. Comments will be addressed and incorporated into the final report, which will be finalized in early 2019.