As part of the 2007 legal settlement agreement that the City of Philadelphia signed with CSX Transportation, the City agreed to build a connector bridge between Schuylkill River Park and the Schuylkill River Park Trail at Schuylkill Banks. CSX agreed to allow the two grade crossings at Locust and Race Street to remain open and made safer with gates and lighting. These crossings are currently under construction
The Connector Bridge design was presented at two public meetings held in November 2008 and June 2009 and public input was taken through an online survey and comments collected via email. A Design Concept Team also worked closely with Schuylkill River Development Corporation on elements of the conceptual design, which included representatives of the Schuylkill River Park Alliance, Friends of Schuylkill River Park, Center City Residents Association, Representative Babette Josephs, Fairmount Park, the Streets Department and University of Pennsylvania.
third public meeting for the community to meet the construction company and be briefed on the bridge construction schedule.