By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Efforts are underway to build a trail that would connect two neighborhoods in Northeast Philadelphia along the Delaware River.

An abandoned railroad track will soon be transformed into the K&T Trail. The twelve-foot wide path will be a little over a mile long, connecting the Frankford Boat Launch with Lardner’s Point Park and extend up to Magee Avenue.

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“There will be bicycles here, there will be roller bladers, there will be walkers, baby coaches,” says Tom Branigan — executive director of the Delaware River City Corporation. “But it will also eventually connect from Northeast Philadelphia down to Center City.”

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That portion of the trail project is a little ways off. Branigan says they are looking at it taking between five and ten years to complete:

“We’re working to not only build the trail, but also build connectors to get the communities down to the river.”

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The goal is to give residents greater access to the river that has been blocked by industry for decades.