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Paoli Pike Trail Feasibility Study & Master Plan


East Goshen Township

East Goshen Township





  • Highways, Streets & Structures

  • Traffic & Parking

  • Community Transportation


  • Evaluation of trail alignments

  • Trail concept plan

  • Funding strategy

  • Public engagement

  • Trail and structure design

  • ADA compliance

  • Stormwater management design

  • Property owner coordination

  • Right-of-way acquisition

  • Utility coordination

  • Natasha Manbeck, P.E., AICP

  • Stephen Giampaolo, P.E. 

McMahon led development of a multi-use trail feasibility study and master plan along a 2.7 mile section of Paoli Pike in East Goshen Township.  McMahon analyzed existing conditions, evaluated alternative trail alignments, prepared a trail conceptual design plan, and developed an implementation plan and funding strategy. The conceptual trail design plan incorporated traffic calming features to create a safe and comfortable environment for bicyclists and pedestrians. For the purpose of project phasing and financing, McMahon divided the trail corridor into seven logical segments. McMahon performed a funding viability analysis for each segment and provided guidance to the Township on potential grant pursuits.  Working closely with East Goshen Township officials and staff, McMahon facilitated trail committee meetings, public meetings, a property and business owners meeting, and a technical coordination meeting with PennDOT and the Chester County Planning Commission.


After completion of the trail master plan, McMahon provided technical assistance to support East Goshen Township’s pursuit of grant funding for design and construction of the trail.  To date, the Township has been awarded over $3.6 million in federal, state, and county funds for construction of the trail.


McMahon is leading design and permitting for the Paoli Pike trail and related infrastructure improvements, including ADA compliant curb ramps, high-visibility crosswalks, traffic signal modifications, and a boardwalk structure. The trail design includes sections of pervious asphalt pavement, rain gardens and subsurface infiltration features to control the increase in stormwater runoff for the project. In addition to preliminary engineering and final design, the project includes environmental studies/clearance, right‐of‐way acquisition, utility coordination, environmental permits, and preparation of Plans, Specifications and Estimate (PS&E) package.

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