By John McDevitt
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The pedestrian and bicycle bridge that connects Manayunk and Roxborough with Lower Merion Township could be open at night once lighting is installed. But that most likely won’t happen for a couple of years.
A $600,000 federal grant for 20 lights to illuminate the 3,000-foot former railroad bridge has been approved by the the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.READ MORE: Sixers Fall To Brooklyn Nets In Home Opener As Ben Simmons Saga Continues
The contract should be completed by the end of the year and lights wont be put into place until 2018.READ MORE: Southwest Philadelphia Shooting Leaves Man Wounded, Police Say
The re-purposed Manayunk bridge opened to non-motorized transportation in October as part of the region’s circuit trails. The gates were locked at night for safety reasons due to lack of lighting.MORE NEWS: Frankford High School Unveils New Solar Training Lab For Students
“This is part of the circuit,” says Kay Sykora, director of Destination Schuylkill River, “I sit on the circuit board, and the goal is to raise the profile of the circuit as sort of a collection of all of the trails in the region, both in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.”