The new, $43 million proposed extension of the Schuylkill River Trail would include a bridge with a scenic overlook and offer an uninterrupted trail from Valley Forge to Bartram’s Garden, writes Frank Kummer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Philadelphia has applied for a federal permit to construct the more than half-mile long extension along the eastern bank of the Schuylkill. This would allow trail users to go over the railroad tracks that were long restricting access to the river.
It would be funded through a combination of federal, state, city, and private funding.
The new section would begin at Christian Street and move south into the Grays Ferry Crescent trail park. The pedestrian bridge would go over an industrial area that has the rail operations and would be around 20 feet above high tide.
“The project has been in the works for years, and we’re just finishing up the design,” said Joseph Syrnick, president of the Schuylkill River Development.
This would cover the last gap in the trail from Montgomery County to Bartram’s Garden, which makes it “very critical,” he added.
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