Sunday, December 21, 2014

Manayunk Bridge: Township continues to build funding for project

Using the Manayunk Bridge to connect Lower Merion's Cynwyd Heritage Trail to Philadelphia's Ivy Ridge Trails has been in the works since mid-2011, but a funding gap for the $2.5-million construction portion of the project still remains. The $1.3-million Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative grant given for the reconstruction required for the bridge could foot almost half of the bill.

Manayunk Bridge: Township continues to build funding for project

A Sept. 2011 sketch by project consultants Whitman, Requardt & Associates shows the possibilities of the Manayunk Bridge.
A Sept. 2011 sketch by project consultants Whitman, Requardt & Associates shows the possibilities of the Manayunk Bridge.

Using the Manayunk Bridge to connect Lower Merion's Cynwyd Heritage Trail to Philadelphia's Ivy Ridge Trails has been in the works since mid-2011, but a funding gap for the $2.5-million construction portion of the project still remains. The $1.3-million Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative grant given for the reconstruction required for the bridge could foot almost half of the bill.

Though the City of Philadelphia will manage the construction process, Lower Merion is still heavily invested in the project, as it plans to lease all, if not portions, of the Manayunk Bridge from SEPTA. (SEPTA bought the bridge in 1976.) The Board of Commissioners gave the township the go-ahead to prepare a grant application to eventually submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. If awarded, the $500,000-grant would require a $500,000 match.

The board hasn't decided how it would match the amount, but if it would add $1 million to the construction portion of the project, leaving the city, township and Manayunk Development Corporation with a much smaller gap of $200,000.

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Josh Fernandez is a 2011 graduate of Temple University where he studied journalism and gender studies. He was a writer and editor for The Temple News, and has interned at Philadelphia City Paper and the Philadelphia Daily News. Josh lived in Aston, Pa. in Delaware County before moving to University City in Philadelphia.

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