Yesterday, Philadelphia was awarded a $10 million TIGER grant with $3 million allocated to converting an abandoned swing rail bridge over the Schuylkill River into a new Circuit Trail. Once completed, the Swing Bridge Trail will connect the Grays Ferry Crescent Trail to the Bartram’s Mile Trail, which is currently under construction. This new Circuit Trail will close a critical gap in the Schuylkill River Trail’s (SRT) southward extension.
This exciting news comes following the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) submission of a proposal covering three projects. In addition to the swing bridge project, the other two projects receiving funding are Complete Street projects, including improvements to American Street in Kensington and West Westmoreland Street that will result in new sidewalks, bike lanes and building a landscaped median to help storm water management.
We cannot begin to calculate the benefits of the last TIGER grant in 2014 for the Schuylkill Boardwalk that transformed the SRT and the Circuit Trail, brought national attention to trail development in Philadelphia and provided an exciting new trail asset for the community!