Spring is here, let the trail events begin!
At long last, the first new section of Schuylkill River Trail to be built in several years will be dedicated on Thursday, March 28 at 10:30am. This new segment runs from Port Royal "Avenue" in the Roxborough section of Philadlephia to the intersection of Shawmont and Nixon Streets.
A full contingent of dignitaries are expected to attend. Mayor Michael Nutter, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., Deputy Mayor Michael DiBerardinis will all be there to cut the ribbon. The more bicyclists and trail users in attendance the better!
Besides building a new piece of trail along a PECO right-of-way behind Nixon Street, which gently slopes down to the intersection of Shawmont and Nixon Streets, this project included widening the paved section between the Montco line and Port Royal Avenue, plus making a much improved paved connection to the Manayunk Canal Towpath.
This project was funded in part by a 2010 $23 million TIGER grant that Philadelphia won along with the City of Camden to build ten trail segments in both cities.
The Shawmont to Montco section of the Schuylkill River Trail, one of Philly's TIGER projects, is in the last stages of construction. These photos, from late August and late September, show a wonderful wide new paved path that will connect the Manayunk Tow Path to Nixon Street (across the SEPTA Right of Way), and then a path stretching from the intersection of Nixon and Shawmont to the Montgomery County line. Philadephia Parks and Recreation has done a great job! We hope there is a ribbon cutting soon.
There are a number of trails under construction that are going to make an appearance soon.
Connector Bridge -- The installation of railings on the prefabricated truss bridge and approach ramps is underway on the Schuylkill River Parks Connector Bridge project over the CSX tracks between Spruce and Locust Streets. Work continues on the restoration of the Schuylkill River Park and Schuylkill Banks. The City hopes to have an opening ceremony in October, possibly in conjunction with Schuylkill River Park's Fall Festival. Some delays in the procurement of light fixtures may impact a complete opening of the bridge on that day. SRDC will have more information about the opening ceremony in its August newsletter.
Shawmont to Port Royal Avenue -- Construction of the portion of trail from Port Royal Avenue to Montgomery County line is complete. Work continues on the section from Shawmont to Port Royal along Nixon Street, including paving and completion of a retaining wall along the trail parallel to Nixon Street. Work is expected to be completed in Fall 2012.
Walnut Street Bridge Gateway - The Walnut Street Bridge project is moving along smoothly. Decorative granite pavers were installed on the south sidewalk and the new pedestrian lights have been erected. Some of the “expressway-like” overhead signs have been replaced with smaller signs that are more in keeping with the scale of the bridge, and the rest will be replaced soon. The south sidewalk is finished, so the contractor has switched traffic patterns and is doing similar work on north sidewalk. When this project is completed in September, vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians should all enjoy a safer, and cheerier, crossing of the river.
Cynwyd Station & Cynwyd Trailhead -- Two projects are nearing completion and there is an October 28th date set for a ribbon cutting for both.
58th Street Greenway -- The trail is being paved this summer. Trees, lighting, and pedestrian signage will be installed early this fall and a ribbon cutting to follow. Programming to celebrate the greenway is already underway through the Get Active 58th! program.
Camden Greenway -- Three projects are under construction that will significantly enhance the Camden Greenway: Pearl Street (next to the Ben Franklin Bridge), MLK Boulevard Waterfront Connection, and Pine Street Connector
Tacony Creek - Trail construction of Phase 1 (I & Ramona to Whitaker Avenue) is underway as of July 2012.
Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk
Port Richmond Section of the East Coast Greenway
Penn Street Trail
Realignment of the Delaware Riverfront Trail between Pier 70 and Washington Avenue