Sarah Clark Stuart, policy director at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, said SEPTA was very positive about this project.
“They were very pleased to have both Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township both want to build a trail on top of the Bridge,” she said.
The bridge not only connects Philadelphia and Lower Merion but also provides a link between the Cynwyd Heritage Trail and the Schuylkill River Trail.
The City has gathered $3.15 million of the estimated $3.5 million project cost through a combination of sources
, including Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative, PennDOT, Lower Merion Township and this current Pennsylvania DCNR grant funding. Construction is estimated to begin in late 2013.
Poquessing Creek Trail
In Northeast Philly, where trail updates seem less frequent, the state grants include $500,000 for the development of the Poquessing Creek Trail
. This approximately 1.5 mile loop will connect Junod Playground to Poquessing Creek Park and the Benjamin Rush State Park.
The funding is for construction and includes a pedestrian bridge, ADA access and landscaping.