Schuylkill River West Trail Feasibility Study Overview

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The Schuylkill River West Trail is a proposed 15.5 mile network of trails and greenway near the Schuylkill River that will run through the municipalities of Lower Merion, West Conshohocken, Bridgeport and Upper Merion.

The trail in Lower Merion was first identified as being possible in the Township’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. It was also recommended as a potential Open Space project in the Township’s Open Space and Environmental Resource Protection Plan.

Lower Merion, Upper Merion, Bridgeport and West Conshohocken are working together on this multi-municipal project, which has received two grants from the state through its Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

The study will identify a trail and greenway alignment. Preliminary design specifications, such as the type of surfacing, width, location of trailheads, etc. will also be considered.

Campbell Thomas & Co. has been contracted to complete the multi-municipal study at a cost of $94,976. Campbell Thomas completed the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans for both Lower Merion and Upper Merion and has worked on many important trail projects, including the Schuylkill River Trail and the Radnor Trail.

The grant from the state will fund a significant portion of the cost with the remainder shared by the four municipalities.

Public participation and involvement will be an integral part of the planning process. Input received from the public will aid the consulting team in understanding:

  • Who will use the trail
  • How they will use it
  • Potential trail uses (walking, hiking, bicycles, equestrian?)
  • Potential trail types (narrow, wide, paved, dirt, crushed stone?)
  • Problems and opportunities
  • Opportunities for loop trips with the existing Schuylkill River trail using new links across the Schuylkill River.

For more information, contact Lindsay Taylor, Lower Merion Township Director of Parks & Recreation at 610-645-6220, ltaylor@lowermerion.org or Dan Russell, Upper Merion Township Director of Parks & Recreation at 610-265-1071, drussell@umtownship.org.

 

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