Thursday, February 18, 2010

Philly's portion of the $23 million TIGER grant

Philadelphia received $17.2 million in the federal TIGER grant announced yesterday.  These funds will partially fund the construction of seven different bicycle/pedestrian trail projects along the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) and East Coast Greenway (ECG).  They include:

  • Pedestrian Bridge from Schuylkill Banks to Schuylkill River Park at 25th and Spruce over CSX tracks (SRT)
  • Walnut Street Gateway-- enhancing the Walnut Street Bridge for bikes/peds (SRT)
  • Boardwalk from Locust to South Street -- extending the SRT from Locust Street to South St. Bridge
  • Bartram’s Garden Trail -- a new bike/ped path from 51st to Lindbergh Ave (SRT)
  • 58th Street Connector -- new on-road greenway to connect Bartram's Garden to the Cobbs Creek Bikeway (SRT and ECG)
  • Shawmont to Port Royal Avenue -- connect the Manayunk Canal that presently terminates at Shawmont Avenue with the final section of the Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia, located from Port Royal Avenue to the Montgomery County line. (SRT)
  • Delaware Avenue Trail from Allegheny Avenue to Betsy Ross Bridge -- (ECG)
The Bicycle Coalition and Complete the Trail campaign teamed up with Pennsylvania Environmental Council to helpe the City of Philadelphia and 5 other counties put together the application that led to this award.  Read our joint press release.  The sponsors involved in the funded segments include Department of Parks and Recreation, Streets Department, Schuylkill River Development Corporation, Delaware River City Corporation, Bartram's Garden and PEC. 

Our work is not done!

Although projects in Delaware, Montgomery, Schuylkill and Bucks Counties did not get included in this award, we will continue to work with our regional partners to help secure funding for these projects so that both the Schuylkill River Trail and East Coast Greenway can be completed. 

The campaign to Complete the Trail will continue to help find funding for the 5 remaining SRT gaps in Philadelphia including the Wissahickon Gateway, Manayunk Bridge, Ivy Ridge Trail, Gray's Ferry Crossing and West Bank SRT Connector.

2 comments:

bikesue said...

way to go guys. those projects have been hanging around for years, glad to see them on track. gihon is smiling.

vectorizer said...

THANK YOU for all your hard work and determination.