May 3, 2012 1 Comment
A new bridge over the CSX tracks at Locust Street for walkers and cyclists was installed today. The bridge connects the Schuylkill River Trail with Schuylkill River Park. The bridge will ensure safe and convenient passage for walkers, runners and bikers, when trains block the grade crossing. The bridge will also afford great views of the Center City skyline. The one mile of trail approaching the new bridge is documented to have 16,000 users per week. Streets Department Construction Manager Mike Fagan talks about the installation in the video below.
This project was funded in part by a U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER I Grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as “the stimulus.” A set of seven projects to fill critical gaps in the biking and walking trail network in Philadelphia were awarded $17.2 million through TIGER I. These projects were one of 60 selected from an application pool of 1,400 requesting over $57 billion in funding. The City was the official applicant, with collaboration among the City, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
Bridge installations are careful operations, the 12 minute below shows the bridge moving into place.