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Please note there is active construction going on on Kelly Drive for a Stormwater Construction project which will result in rail closure. Scroll down for specifics, provided by City of Philadelphia.

Kelly Drive Stormwater Management Construction Project/Trail Alert:

· Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, in partnership with Philadelphia Water, recently began construction on several stormwater management devices along Kelly Drive between the roadway and the Schuylkill River Trail/Kelly Drive Recreation Path.

· Area of construction is between the St. Joseph’s University Boathouse (north) and the Judge’s Reviewing Stand Parking Lot (south)—all along Kelly Drive.

· During construction, the City’s contractor, JPC, will be required to close the trail during periodic times.

· Trail users are directed to use the gravel path which runs parallel to the paved trail.

· The completed project will manage stormwater from Kelly Drive through a series of green stormwater infrastructure devices.

· This will enhance the park area and reduce sediment flow into the Schuylkill.

· New trees will be planted and a new, ADA accessible picnic area near the southern parking lot will be constructed.

· Any impacts to the trail will be addressed by end of construction. Trail conditions will improve as edge of trail that has eroded will be restored.

· Gravel trail will be enhanced for detour by placement of additional stone fines/gravel.

· The projected schedule for completion is end of November 2016.

Randy LoBasso

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Randy LoBasso is the policy manager at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

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