This just in from Philadelphia Streets Department: a section of the Wissahickon Trail near Forbidden Drive will be closed starting tomorrow. The reason is emergency repairs to a retaining wall, repairs which are expected to last 2 months. The press release is below and available online:
Streets Department Announces Rehabilitation Work for the Retaining Wall along Lincoln Drive
Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson announced today that emergency repair work on the retaining wall supporting Lincoln Drive between W. Rittenhouse Street and Forbidden Drive will begin Tuesday, February 7 and is expected to last approximately two months.
The work includes the rehabilitation and stabilization of approximately 500 feet of the existing stone masonry wall along southbound Lincoln Drive between the roadway and Monoshone Creek below the Pabst Lane Bridge. Last year’s record rainfall has caused the wall to be undermined by erosion and has caused significant new damage to the mortar joints.
During construction, the parking area along southbound Lincoln Drive will be closed. The park trail between Pabst Lane Bridge and Forbidden Drive will also be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists. Periodic lane closures along southbound Lincoln Drive may be required during off‐peak hours. Detours are not anticipated.
The Streets Department thanks the citizens in advance for their patience and cooperation during this project.