New bridge connects Schuylkill Banks with Schuylkill River Park

After a long wait, it took less than 15 minutes for crews to hoist the metal span over the CSX tracks on Thursday, creating a new link for pedestrians and cyclists between the Schuylkill River Trail and Schuylkill River Park.

I stood in Schuylkill River Park’s beautiful Community Garden to watch as a crane carefully lifted the bridge, turning it in midair and slowly placed it onto anchor bolts atop concrete supports. Here’s how it went down:

And if that riveting video wasn’t enough, here’s MOTU’s blog post and videos about Thursday’s bridge installation. And here’s what the Bicycle Coalition had to say.

The project was funded as part of a larger federal TIGER I grant.

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