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The Schuylkill River Trail Bridge Path under construction on Route 29 in Mont Clare. Photo: Andrew Besold, MCPC

Despite the ongoing pandemic, trail development has continued throughout the region. It’s actually turning out to be the busiest construction season in years. Expect a lot of (socially-distanced) ribbon cuttings between this summer and the fall of 2021.
 
Philadelphia:

Schuylkill Crossing at Grays FerryThis completion of this project has been delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Before the stay-at-home orders commenced, the mechanism to allow the bridge to swing open was delivered to the project site and is now ready for installation. The erection of the new truss structure could happen this year or may be forced to wait till next Spring.

The Delaware River Waterfront Trail
This week, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation began construction on an exciting segment of the Delaware River Trail–nearly two miles of upgraded bicycle and pedestrian facilities on the east side of Delaware Avenue from Washington Avenue north to Spring Garden Street. There will be a detour for the northbound bike lane. This project should be completed in the fall of 2021. We’ll be posting a more detailed look at the project and the detour in the upcoming days.

Chester County:

Schuylkill River Trail Parkerford to the Route 422 Bridge. The project has a notice to proceed day on July 6th. Construction activities should begin shortly thereafter.

Chester and Montgomery County:

Schuylkill River Trail Route 29 Bridge – PENNDOT is replacing the sidewalk on the bridge between Mont Clare and Phoenixville with a barrier protected sidepath. Construction began in the fall and it is expected to be completed within the next few months.

Bucks and Mercer County:
Scudder Falls Bridge Path
The I-295 Bridge between PA and NJ is getting a bicycle and pedestrian path. The path and the approach from the D&L Trail will be completed this summer but the ramp to the D&R Towpath in NJ won’t be completed until late summer 2021.

Mercer County:
The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Bridge over Stony Brook
in Rosedale Park will eliminate a dangerous on road section of the trail alignment and will be open to the public in a few weeks. Mercer County Parks is also paving some sections of the trails in Rosedale Park that have eroded.

Bucks County:
Upper Bucks Rail Trail
– Construction is about 75% complete, work has not yet begun on a segment of a wetlands area in Springfield Township. The trail is due to be opened in the fall if the final segment can be constructed. When completed it will connect the Saucon Valley Rail Trail in the Lehigh Valley.

Burlington County:
Delaware River Heritage Trail
– This trail is 95% complete. Unfortunately NJ TRANSIT is in a dispute with Burlington County over the access permit for the trail at the grade crossing for the RiverLINE light rail (NJ TRANSIT is only offering a temporary access permit). The trail might open as two separate trails until the grade crossing issue is resolved.

Montgomery and Bucks County
Pennypack Trail – Newtown Rail Trail
– Montgomery County has begun work the Byberry Rd crossing. Bucks County has just approved the contractor to start construction later this summer. Montgomery County is preparing bid documents and construction could begin in late summer or early fall.

UPDATE: Montgomery County
Chester Valley Trail Extension
– This is the connection between the Schuylkill River Trail in Norristown and the Chester Valley Trail in King of Prussia. Construction will begin in earnest this summer. Right now the County is in the mobilization phase and arranging for the necessary utility work (e.g., PECO). The project is expected to be completed sometime in 2022.


Upcoming Virtual Public Meetings:
Camden County

July 9th 7PM – Camden County Link trail in Hi-Nella and Somerdale. Register
July 13th 7PM – Camden County Link Trail in Winslow Township. Register
Chester County
July 14th 7PM – Southern Chester County Feasibility Study. Tickets

John Boyle

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John has been a commuting cyclist for more than 20 years. In 1994 he began working as a volunteer for the Bicycle Coalition of the Delaware Valley after attending a volunteer night, and later served as a board member in 1997-98. In 1999 John left Philadelphia for Charlottesville, VA, where he helped establish the Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation (ACCT), a bicycle and walking advocacy group.

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