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It’s official. Today, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the contract for the construction of the Ben Franklin Bridge walkway ramp. The total cost of the project is expected to be over $9 million.

The project will begin in the fall, it will probably start with the demolition of the existing stair-tower and adjacent walkway. During the 18 month construction bicyclists and pedestrians will be detoured to the north walkway.

However, the last 800 feet of the north walkway, on the Camden side, narrows down to a three foot wide cattle chute.

At the Board meeting, during the public comment period, BCGP Member and Camden Resident Patrick Miner proposed that DRPA expand widening that narrow section of the north walkway with tiles and/or concrete.

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.