Boardwalk and South Street Ramp
The trail at Locust Street cannot be extended southward on land, because the land between the railroad tracks and the river becomes too narrow. The City of Philadelphia and SRDC are building a 2,000 foot long concrete structure running parallel to the eastern shore of the river from Locust Street to the new stairtower on the south side of the South Street Bridge. A 460’ long ramp will be built on the north side of the new South Street Bridge and will link to the boardwalk, providing ADA access and an easier connection for people with bicycles.
The ramp and boardwalk are designed to accommodate emergency and maintenance vehicles. The boardwalk’s 15’ wide pathway will be supplemented by four widened overlooks that will allow people to rest enjoy the views along the boardwalk without blocking the trail. This project will provide an important link to the Schuylkill River Trail and Center City from University City and West Philadelphia.
The Boardwalk has received federal stimulus funding through the Transportation Improvements Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, and other funding from FHWA, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia. The project should be completed in late 2014. The contractor is Crossing Construction.
Boardwalk design and engineering was funded by FHWA and the City of Philadelphia, and was performed by URS, Pennoni Associates and CH Planning. Ramp design was performed by Michael Baker Engineers.