May 4, 2012
The good folks at Curbed Philly — the must-read local franchise of the Curbed blog network on urban living — have an entertaining and mildly flattering write-up of progress being made on the new, stimulus-funded bridge connecting Schuylkill River Park to the Schuylkill River Trail.
Wednesday we told you about the bridge truss or the truss bridge or whatever you call it arriving from Minnesota to connect the Schuylkill River Park to the Schuylkill River Trail. The bike community has been advocating for this for more than a decade, so the fact that it’s actually happening is something of a triumph. The project was funded by the stimulus (remember that?) and will be one mile of safe passage for pedestrians, runners and bicyclists—except for the possibility of them running into each other.
It’s good to see the local community and the media take notice of some of the great projects that have been made possible with Recovery Act funding. Improvements like the new bridge were part of a tidy $17M stimulus award from the U.S. Department of Transportation to Philadelphia that are helping Philly become a greener, more walkable and livable city.
But it’s not just bridges and trails. Curbed posted a video of Streets construction manager Mike Fagan explaining the bridge project, whom they found “endearing.” We agree, but we’re even happier about the jobs that the stimulus has supported for hard-working professionals like Fagan. It’s people like him that are keeping this city moving forward.
Just as importantly, infrastructure investments like these are laying the foundations — quite literally — for future economic progress. That means more jobs and opportunities for Philadelphia residents as well as our guests.