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.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Slow-Moving Storm System Brings Potential For Gusty Thunderstorms, Flooding
“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.”READ MORE: Nurses Rally Outside Temple University Hospital, Demand Hospital Hire More Staff And Improve Retention
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.”MORE NEWS: Firefly Music Festival Kicks Off Thursday, COVID-19 Vaccination Or Negative Test Needed To Attend
The goal is to give residents greater access to the river that has been blocked by industry for decades.