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.
So glad to see this!
Yes!! Thanks to the Coalition and others who worked hard for this over the years! I’m a family biker in Fishtown who’s found the ferry is my only option for bike travel over to NJ and as a result I don’t go! With a ramp, we will realize SO MUCH more open terrain and places to explore! Thank you!!