Schuylkill River Trail
This proposed trail (called the Wissahickon Gateway) would connect the Kelly Drive path that currently ends at Ridge Avenue over to the Penncoyd Bridge. The alignment under consideration would cross the Wissahickon Creek, weave between the Philadelphia Canoe Club, SEPTA Transportation Center, PECO's property and behind several private properties.
The Department of Parks and Recreation conducted an Preliminary Engineering study of the site.
The Parks & Rec Dept held a public meeting on November 1st, 2012 to present several possible plans for this section of trail. PlanPhilly wrote up a summary of their presentation here.
In early 2013, PPR released the final study. As said by PPR, the study is "the culmination of nearly two years of planning work centered on the Wissahickon Gateway: a highly congested area along the Schuylkill River Trail. Complicated public, private and transit-related land uses make this a challenging landscape to navigate as a bicyclist or a pedestrian. The City’s consultants, Michael Baker Corporation and Toole Design Group, working in concert with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and the Department of Public Property have proposed preferred short-term and long-term solutions for improving the movement of bicycle and pedestrian traffic through this area. This study will inform further design development which will ultimately lead to construction of a workable solution."
The short-term alignment (Alternative #1) was chosen by PPR as the preferred alignment because most of it is in publicy owned right of way. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia prefers the riverfront alignment, but it was deemed infeasible at this time because of the refusal of the Steinberg family to provide any easements or sell any of its parcel, which is in between the SEPTA and PECO sites and the Manayunk Movie Theatre. Some configuration of Alternative #3 is a long term alignment.