Manayunk Bridge Trail

Project details

  • Project Name: Manayunk Bridge Trail
  • Project Client: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
  • Project Location: Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania

The Manayunk Bridge – Ivy Ridge Trail project involved the development of a pedestrian trail connecting the Cynwyd Heritage Trail in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County to the Ivy Ridge Station in Manayunk, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The trail traverses the Schuylkill River and I-76 along the SEPTA-owned Manayunk (Schuylkill) Bridge.

The project was completed in two phases. The first phase included the section from the Cynwyd Heritage Trail to DuPont Street in Manayunk and the Manayunk Bridge. Access to the trail at DuPont Street is between the railroad bed and the intersection of DuPont and High Streets where trail users connect to downtown Manayunk and the Schuylkill River Trail. A second phase involved developing the Ivy Ridge Trail from DuPont Street to the Ivy Ridge Station along the abandoned Pennsylvania Railroad (Schuylkill Valley Division). Future considerations will involve connecting the Ivy Ridge Trail to Shawmont Avenue and the Schuylkill River Trail.

A.D. Marble was responsible for completing all environmental and cultural resource clearance, including chapter 105 permitting, and agency coordination for the project. This work included the completion of a Categorical Exclusion Evaluation, including hazard waste assessment, coordination with the DCNR Scenic Rivers Program, cultural resource surveys, and Section 4(f) evaluations for historic resources, and the Schuylkill River Trail and Water Trails. A PADEP Chapter 105 General Permit was completed to address modifications to the bridge over the Schuylkill River.