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The Bicycle Coalition’s suggested detour around the SRT trail closure
Starting on February 15th, the Schuylkill River Trail will be closed under the Chestnut Street Bridge for three months. Schuylkill Banks has been working for several years to make this project possible and PennDOT has incorporated the repair into their Chestnut Street Bridge project, saving substantially on cost. The Schuylkill River Trail closing is necessary for PennDOT’s contractor to repair the trail’s compromised retaining wall in the vicinity of the Chestnut Street Bridge and 911 memorial.

From the Schuylkill Banks update:

This is a major repair and will involve divers and barges in the river and large equipment on the trail, including a pile driving rig. Due to the size and complexity of the project and restricted space, the Schuylkill River Trail under the Chestnut Street Bridge will need to be closed in order for the work to be completed safely. We understand this is a significant inconvenience for trail users – it is for trail maintenance staff also. The trail closure is of relatively short duration and addresses a trail safety issue that is otherwise un-funded. And if left unaddressed, this structure will continue to deteriorate and could collapse further necessitating a trail closure without any remedy in sight. We appreciate your understanding and patience while the trail is closed. “

Access points to the Trail will remain open at South Street; the Bridge at Schuylkill River Park (25th & Spruce); Locust Street; Walnut Street; Market Street; JFK Boulevard; and Race Street.

PennDOT’s press release is here.

Please direct issues or inquiries to Schuylkill Banks info@schuylkillbanks.org or call them at 215-309-5523.

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