Walking or biking from Old City to Race Street Pier will become twice as nice later this year, as improvements to the north side of Race Street are set to begin this fall with a new $1.1 million state grant.
The Central Delaware Waterfront Corporation, the quasi-city agency that oversees both the city's long-range plans for the waterfront and the development of the publicly owned parcels there, opened the south side of the Race Street Connector project more than two years ago.
Improved lighting, landscaping and hardscaping are designed to make traveling from neighborhood to waterfront more obvious and pleasant. The Race Street Connector was the first of a list of connector projects up and down the Central Delaware, all called for in the city's long-range waterfront vision.
The north side of the connector was never meant to open at the same time as the south side. Physical realities involved with crossing traffic ramps made that side more complicated, and also required permissions from city streets, PennDOT, The Federal Highway Administration, and the Delaware River Port Authority.