|Rendering of potential new riverfront trail from||Schuylkill Project|
Monday, August 23, 2010
Wissahickon Gateway Ready for Engineering Study
earlier this year, the most critical gap in Philadelphia's Schuylkill River Trail, the Wissahickon Gateway, finally received some funding in early 2010 to begin the process of figuring out how to improve this section. Currently, trail users are forced to weave in and out of motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic around an overcrowded and heavily used intersection of major roads, bus routes and highway onramps. The trail needs a new bike/ped bridge over the Wissahickon Creek and an alignment that winds behind and in between several parcels between Kelley Drive and where Main Street. PA's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources provided a $50,000 grant to the City of Philadelphia to conduct an engineering study early in 2010, which the City has matched with its own funds. Last Friday, the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department posted a "Request for Proposals" to study this section of the trail. Prospective consulting firms are directed to the City's econtract page and to click on "new contract opportunities." There is a mandatory pre-bid meeting on August 30th and the deadline for submitting proposals is September 15th.
Posted by Sarah C. Stuart at 10:27 AM