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East-West Trail Plan


East Brandywine Township, Uwchlan Township, West Brandywine Township

Chester County



  • Multimodal planning & design

  • Traffic operations review

  • Engineers opinion of cost

  • Implementation plan

  • Stakeholder & public involvement

  • Natasha Manbeck, P.E., AICP

  • John Yurick, P.E., PTOE, PTP

McMahon and the Brandywine Conservancy collaborated on this Vision Partnership Program (VPP) funded multi-municipal trail plan. The project included evaluation of alignment options and development of conceptual plans for over nine miles of continuous bicycle and pedestrian facilities connecting the Struble Trail, Hibernia County Park, and destinations in between. The project included analysis of existing conditions, evaluation of trail alignments and facility types, development of on-road design treatments, development of conceptual plans, property owner coordination, PennDOT and Chester County coordination, and wayfinding recommendations. The plan incorporates a broad range of bicycle and pedestrian facility types, such as off-road multi-use trails, shared lane on-road bicycle facilities, striped shoulders, and sidewalks. The trail corridor was divided into over 20 segments for implementation. The implementation plan includes next steps and funding strategies for priority trail segments.

Community engagement for the project included two community workshops, four study task force meetings, and individual property owner coordination meetings. At the community workshop, table-top mapping exercises allowed participants to play an active role in the planning process by drawing and providing comments on draft conceptual plans.