|BCGP's proposed configuration of the intersection of Walnut St. and Schuylkill Ave. This is not the final concept drawing but some of our suggested changes made it to final design.|
During the construction period the bike lane on Walnut Street will be closed. The current timeline forecasts the completion of the project and reopening of the bike lane in August or September. Walnut St will remain open to vehicular traffic including bicycles. The streets department has installed detour signage guiding bicyclists to the South Street Bridge.
What's being done? One of the four travel lanes will be eliminated and the sidewalks on both sides will be widened from 8 to 12 feet. Other improvements on the Bridge will include pedestrian scale lighting and signing enhancements. For bicyclists, the highlight of the project is the reconfiguration of the intersection of Walnut St and Schuylkill Ave which will mitigate the dangerous conflict zone where right-turning traffic currently weaves across the blue bike lane to get to I-76.
This project is the second of the 8 TIGER projects to go into construction. Late last year work began on the pedestrian bridge from Schuylkill Banks to Schuylkill River Park at 25th and Spruce over CSX tracks. Next month two more projects will break ground: the 58th Street Greenway project, and the streetscape/bikeway improvements to Pearl St, Pine St, and MLK Blvd in Camden.
Freedom of Choice - Detour and Share the Road signs for the Walnut Street Bridge.