City of Philadelphia statement on Forbidden Drive closure


The Streets Department and the Department of Parks and Recreation have closed Forbidden Drive and the parallel paths that pass under the Walnut Lane Bridge. The decision was made following a recent inspection of Walnut Lane Bridge that indicates architectural concrete may be falling from the bridge. The Streets Department’s investigation has not identified any imminent structural issues, so the bridge will remain open. The closure will remain in effect pending additional inspections, planned for the week of November 29.

During the duration of the closure recreational users can still use Forbidden Drive from Lincoln Drive to the bridge or from Northwestern Ave to the bridge, but trail users will not be permitted to pass under the bridge. Those who are looking to travel “through” Forbidden Drive should seek alternate on-street routes, or consider accessing the street system at Bells Mill Road, Wises Mill Road, Green Lane, or Kitchens Lane.

The Streets Department and the Department of Parks and Recreation thanks the citizens in advance for their patience and cooperation during this closure.

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