Friday, July 20, 2012

Camden Quietly Unleashes Its TIGER

There was no golden shovel groundbreaking but a sign on Pearl Street and a few holes in the ground next to the Ben Franklin Bridge in Camden indicates that another TIGER project is underway.

On Pearl St next to the Ben Franklin Bridge
The 5.6 Million dollar project will include bikeway markings (bike lanes or sharrows), sidewalks and lighting on Pearl St, Pine Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Meanwhile an adjacent project on Martin Luther King Blvd includes Camden's first bike lanes. The short two block bike lane is between 7th St and Broadway near Cooper Hospital and the Walter Rand Transportation Center. The TIGER project will build bike lanes from the Camden Waterfront to 5th St, leaving a one block gap between 5th and Broadway.

MLK Blvd at Broadway
Port Richmond Trail Alignment at the Tioga Marine Terminal
In other TIGER news the Port Richmond Trail has been put out for bid with construction slated to begin in late summer or early fall. The project follows Allegheny and Delaware Avenues next to the Tioga Marine Terminal and will be part of the East Coast Greenway. This only leaves the complex Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk project on the drawing board.