Schuylkill River Parks Connector Bridge

Project type
Community Access
Completed October 2012
bridge to Schuylkill Banks in Philadelphia

As a result of an agreement negotiated between the City of Philadelphia and CSX, automated crossing gates were installed at the Locust Street and Race Street at-grade access points to Schuylkill Banks. These gates close when there is train traffic, and reopen once the crossing points are clear.

To improve access when these gates are closed, a pedestrian bridge was built to span the railroad from Schuylkill Banks to Schuylkill River Park. The project included intensive community involvement in the design process. The bridge is a 95’ long truncated arch truss structure with a 12’ wide pathway. There are 10’ wide ADA accessible ramps on the approaches with three overlooks. Architectural lighting and enhancements were included in the contract. 

This award-winning project resolves the safety concerns of the City and CSX with respect to providing convenient access to Schuylkill Banks. It also serves as a popular viewing area for the bustling Schuylkill River Park Dog Run and the Schuylkill River. The connector bridge was completed and opened to the public in October 2012.

east (Center City) side of the Schuylkill River near Spruce Street