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Paoli Pike Trail Feasibility Study & Master Plan


East Goshen Township

East Goshen Township





  • Traffic & Parking

  • Community Transportation


  • Trail concept & implementation plan development

  • Existing location analysis

  • Funding strategies

  • Evaluation of trail alignments

  • Public engagement

  • Natasha Manbeck, P.E., AICP

The McMahon Team worked closely with East Goshen Township officials, staff, and residents throughout the development of the Feasibility Study and Master Plan. The purpose of the Feasibility Study and Master Plan was to translate the vision for the trail into an implementable plan with feasibility design solutions.


McMahon led the analysis of existing conditions, evaluation of alternative trail alignments, development of a trail conceptual plan, and development of an implementation plan and funding strategy.


With a keen focus on implementation, McMahon divided the trail conceptual plan into seven logical segments for the purpose of project phasing and financing.  For each segment, the McMahon Team performed a funding viability analysis and provided guidance to the Township on potential grant pursuits. McMahon also provided hands-on assistance to engage stakeholders and the public throughout the ten-month planning process.


When the project was initiated, the Township Board of Supervisors appointed a Trail Committee to guide the process and three meetings were held with the Trail Committee to solicit input at key milestones. In addition, the Township and McMahon conducted specific outreach to engage property and business owners with frontage on Paoli Pike, including a special meeting and follow-up coordination with individual property and business owners.


McMahon also coordinated a technical meeting with PennDOT and the Chester County Planning Commission to review aspects of the trail design. The Township and McMahon facilitated three public meetings for the project, each in conjunction with a regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors’ meeting.