• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

New bridge connects Schuylkill Banks with Schuylkill River Park

  • Pedestrians and cyclists can get between Schuylkill Banks and Schuylkill River Park.


After a long wait, it took less than 15 minutes for crews to hoist the metal span over the CSX tracks on Thursday, creating a new link for pedestrians and cyclists between the Schuylkill River Trail and Schuylkill River Park.

I stood in Schuylkill River Park's beautiful Community Garden to watch as a crane carefully lifted the bridge, turning it in midair and slowly placed it onto anchor bolts atop concrete supports. Here's how it went down:



And if that riveting video wasn't enough, here's MOTU's blog post and videos about Thursday's bridge installation. And here's what the Bicycle Coalition had to say.

The project was funded as part of a larger federal TIGER I grant.

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.


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