Circuit Trails First Interchange in the Making: Connecting the Chester Valley Trail to the SRT

by | July 19, 2019 | Featured, The Circuit | 5 comments

Bicycle Coalition

BCGP Board Chair Ed Chang looks on as Montgomery County Planner Henry Stroud highlights future Chester Valley Trail / Schuylkill River Trail connectivity.

On Thursday evening, Bicycle Coalition staff brought together advocates and planners to discuss the progress Montgomery County is making towards building the Chester Valley Trail (CVT) Extension, which will finally connect two of the Circuit “trunk trails,” the CVT and the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT).

The event, hosted by our partners at Main Line Health in Radnor, drew a crowd of over 50 people, including engineers, planners from three county planning agencies, local diehard bike advocates, and curious newcomers. 

Henry Stroud, Section Chief for Trails and Open Space Planning at Montgomery County Planning Commission, was our featured speaker. Henry went into fine detail on the project, which will link the CVT to the SRT in via Upper Merion Township and Bridgeport Borough. 

The #1 and #2 most used trails in the Greater Philadelphia region will be united in Norristown on the site of a trailhead building that is currently undergoing extensive renovations and landscaping to make it a real community hub for active lifestyles. Construction of the trail is expected to begin in 2020 and most likely will take up to two years to complete.  

This 3.8 mile section of the CVT is considered to be “in progress” as a Circuit Trails segment and will make a significant contribution to meeting the 500 mile by 2025 campaign goal.

We are very excited about the prospect of this segment joining the two Circuit trunk trails, and to judge by the turnout, we’re not alone. If you missed the action but want to catch the info, Henry’s presentation can be downloaded here.

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  1. Chria DeVol

    Happy Trails! Long overdue, but looks like this dream is finally going to become a reality! Bravo. Congratulations and many thanks to all that have made this happen. Never give up on a dream for it just might come true!

  2. Keely Gammon

    I couldn’t be happier about this! I ride the full length of the CVT several times a week during the summer months and this news is literally a dream come true! Thank you to everyone who is making this happen!!

  3. Rick Moore

    Great Job! Can hardly wait to ride the SRT then onto the CVT out to the King of Prussia area

  4. Ron Dunbar

    I’m certainly excited about this extension – been waiting a long time. Hopefully it will be completed in my biking lifetime (I’m 84). But it would be very helpful to show a map in an article like this. Show where it’s routed, and the connecting trails at both ends.

  5. Jackie powers

    Just curious of the status of the connector trail. Wondering if covid pushed it back

    Thanks for getting back to me via email!


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