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The truss connecting the ramps for the Connector Bridge was installed on May 3, 2012. The bridge construction and revamped Schuylkill River Park will take a few more months before it is onpned for use.
With the Connector Bridge's opening and Dedication with now operational at grade crossings at Loscust and Race Streets. the Free The River Park will have completed it's mission.
An Open Letter to Users of Schuylkill River Park From Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis
13 July 2011
On June 27, 2011 a group of citizens, under the name ‘Citizens for Saving Schuylkill River Park’, filed a lawsuit to halt construction of the pedestrian overpass which will connect Schuylkill River Park and Schuylkill Banks over the CSX railroad tracks. Construction of the overpass is required by a 2007 Federal court settlement between the City and CSX Railroad.
On Monday, May 23rd The Streets Department contractor will start installing conduit for the crossings at Race St. and Locust St. The work will start at Race St. and then move down to Locust St.
The installation of the conduits will take approximately two weeks.
The Race St. crossing will be closed from 6:00AM to 4:00PM on weekdays between May 23rd and June 6th while the contractor is working at the site. After hours and on weekends the crossing will be open to a limited width to allow public use. During the closure, we encourage park users to use the entrances at John F. Kennedy Blvd., Market St. and Martin Luther King Drive at the Art Museum. The Locust St crossing will remain open during construction. The contractor will be posting signs at Race St. with this information.
The Streets Department apologizes for the inconvenience and it looks forward to improving these entrances for your safety and enjoyment of the Park.
The first stage of the crossing construction has begun. The week of April 4th, CSX began to lay stone under the tracks and remove the rubber crossings panels. They will install lumber and asphalt around April 13th. It will take a few days to complete and may require closure of each crossing for a short period of time (although not simultaneously). At the conclusion of this work, permanent crossings will in place; two at Locust Street and one at Race Street.
Later this month, we anticipate that the Streets Department's contractor will begin to install the automatic gates and fencing. This phase of work may also result in some crossing closures.
January 25, 2011. Is was announced today that there will be no contract awarded from the City's Request for Prpoposal for Amphibious Tour Venicles on The Schiulkill. Read the Press Release
The City only received one proposal in response to the Amphibious Vehicle Tour RFP. It was from the Ride the Ducks Company. Send a letter to Mayor Nutter, the Managing Director and the Ride the Ducks Company to make the proposal available to the public. Send a letter today!
You can also send an email directly to Brian Abernathy (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Managing Director's Office or a Letter to the Editor email@example.com of the Philadelphia Inquirer to make your opinion known.