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Manayunk High line project green lighted

Ryan Conway, who founded the Conshohocken club, typically takes his flock to the Manayunk line and turns around. But after the Manayunk Bridge turns into a high line he can now "cross over the Schuylkill."

Manayunk Bridge. Credit: Wiki Commons. Manayunk Bridge. Credit: Wiki Commons.

The Conshohocken Running Club is ready to reach new territory come 2015.

Ryan Conway, who founded the club, typically takes his flock to the Manayunk line and turns around. But after the Manayunk Bridge turns into a high line he can now "cross over the Schuylkill."

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"We'll definitely be out that way," he said.

Construction on the Manayunk Bridge Trail Project got the green light from the city this week. A formal groundbreaking will be held in September, and the $4.12 million project is expected to be ready by fall 2015.

The plans call for the Cynwyd Heritage Trail to connect to the Schuylkill River Trail via the Manayunk Bridge. It will be part of a biking and walking trail that will lead to Main Street.

The iconic bridge, which is included in theNational Register of Historic Places,was built in 1918.SEPTA stopped using the bridge after it discontinued rail service to the Ivy Ridge Station in the 1980s.

This development is believed to help spur interest in the Ivy Ridge Trail and the Reading Viaduct high line project.

Nicholas Mirra, spokesman for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, said Philadelphia is "slowly but surely becoming a better city for biking every year."

With the amount of interest, "We're living in a boom time for bicycling in Philadelphia," he said.

The project is funded, according to the Main Line Times, as follows:


  • Lower Merion Township: $750,000 (from both capital and grant money).

  • Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative grant: $1.3 million.

  • PennDOT’s Surface Transportation Program grant: $1.1 million.


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