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The Philadelphia region is gradually building a network of multi-use trails. Included is the rehabilitation and reuse of a massive concrete bridge built by the Pennsylvania Railroad early last century.
Used until the 1980’s by SEPTA, the Manayunk Bridge – an historic landmark – will soon carry pedestrians and bicyclists between Lower Marion Township and the popular Philadelphia hillside-canal neighborhood of Manayunk.
On May 19th Trevor Booz of the Philadelphia Streets Department led a tour of the construction site (my photos are below). The Philadelphia Young Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) organized the event.
(Side note: After bike-sprinting on the Schuylkill River Trail back to Center City from the happy hour following the tour, I cast my vote in the Philadelphia mayoral primary with four minutes to spare!)
After the project is complete, a trail will connect SEPTA’s Cynwyd regional rail station (via the Cynwyd Heritage Trail) to the Manayunk street grid. Future trail construction will further connect to the Ivy Ridge regional rail station, and eventually to the Schuylkill River Trail. (Unfortunately the project will not remedy the major Schuylkill River Trail gap from Manayunk to Wissahickon Park.)
Thank you to the City of Philadelphia Streets Department, ASCE Young Member Forum, and the project partners (listed below) for the opportunity to highlight an instance of Rebuilding the Rust Belt for a human-powered future.
Major project partners: PennDOT, SEPTA, the City of Philadelphia, Montgomery County, the Manayunk Development Corp., the William Penn Foundation, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative.