The Philadelphia Water Department's contractor has completed installation of the 1st section of sewer liner adjacent to the Towpath. The Canal Towpath will be opened up to pedestrian & bike traffic tomorrow morning, through the long Holiday weekend.
The Towpath will once again be closed starting next Tuesday morning (June 1st) for the installation of the second section. It is anticipated that the path will remain closed through Friday, June 4th.
Some trail users have been less than civil with construction crews. It started with those not paying attention to any of the posted signs. Some were confrontational when the workers attempted to tell them that the path was closed others just walked their bikes through the construction zone. In addition, the contractor noted that on several occasions when he discovered that the sign he’d posted at Locke Street had been thrown into the canal.
This is truly behavior that trail users (mostly cyclists) should not be displaying. We understand the frustration of suddenly coming upon a trail closure but to take this out on people just trying to earn a living is just plain wrong and for us embarrassing.
On the other hand this is another example of why a citywide detour policy is needed. A closure on the Schuylkill River Trail is worthy of closure and detour signs miles in advance. Imagine driving on I-76 and suddenly coming upon "Road Closed" signs. A KYW traffic advisory and a SmarTraveler traffic alert should be seriously considered.
For a detour from Manayunk take the towpath to the Fountain Street Bridge (the red bridge) and turn right up the path before the bridge. Turn right on Fountain which becomes steps and walk up to Umbria St. Turn left on Umbria to Shawmont Ave/Minerva St and make the sharp left down to Nixon St in Shawmont.
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