Manayunk Bridge Path on keep track of to get lights set up afterwards this 12 months


Extra than five a long time soon after Philadelphia concluded the Manayunk Bridge Trail, making a connecting from the town to Reduce Merion for pedestrians and cyclists, a venture to install lights on the bridge is predicted to move ahead afterwards this 12 months.

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia claimed this week that a timeline for the venture appears to be established above the coming months, with do the job probable to be done by the stop of the year.

“When concluded, the bridge will no more time be shut at evening, allowing 24/7 entry concerning these counties,” the Bicycle Coalition documented. 

Pedestrians and cyclists who use the trail will nevertheless have obtain to it in the course of the set up system.

Officials in Philadelphia and Decrease Merion teamed up to open up the .6-mile span in Oct 2015, reviving the iconic but defunct railroad bridge that spans the Schuylkill river and expressway. The bridge was included it into the growing Circuit Trails community in Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Rail company in excess of the bridge was suspended by SEPTA in 1986.

The $5.67 million venture has offered an accessible website link in between Philadelphia and Montgomery County considering the fact that the trail was finished, but the absence of funding for lighting at the time has been a disadvantage ever since. Individuals who wish to make use of the trail at night time or commute in the early morning hours have waited for the lights project to just take condition.

Federal grant funding for the bridge lights was secured by the Delaware Valley Regional Preparing Commission in 2016, but the challenge timeline has been delayed repeatedly owing to a sluggish approval course of action and the amount of organizations involved, the Bicycle Coalition said.

This time all over, the contractor on the venture has been provided a see to commence and lights installation may well get started as early as August or September.

“We might like to thank all who go on to wait around patiently for improved accessibility together the bridge connections to the Schuylkill River Path and the Parkside Cynwyd Trail alongside the Circuit Trails, as very well as the Town of Philadelphia’s Business of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability, and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, for moving ahead on this,” the Bicycle Coalition mentioned.