Ivy Ridge Trail planners identify four locations to finalize design plans for by May

With planning and design work well underway and most funding in hand, construction work on a park and trail path across the iconic Manayunk train bridge could begin by the end of the year, project officials say.

Jeff Riegner, of Whitman, Requardt and Associates, led a workshop Monday night at North Light Community Center to share options for design and aesthetics for bike and pedestrian trails and connections to the Manayunk Towpath, in four areas along the former SEPTA route between the Lower Merion border and the Ivy Ridge train station.

The plans show four phases -- the bridge work, the area between Umbria and Canton streets, the Fountain Street steps area, and near the Ivy Ridge train station. 

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Amy Z. Quinn, NewsWorks Northwest reporter

Amy Z. Quinn developed an interest in planning and land use while covering rapidly-developing South Jersey suburbs for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and later wrote extensively about urban and beachfront redevelopment for the Asbury Park Press.

Over more than 15 years of local reporting, opinion writing and blogging, Amy has cultivated a distinctive voice and desire to get right to the heart of an issue. She also trains tomorrow's news professionals as a popular journalism instructor at several area universities. 
A Manayunk native now living in an average suburban development, Amy covers Northwest Philly as part of PlanPhilly's partnership with WHYY's NewsWorks.

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