PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A paid parking lot under the Ben Franklin Bridge in Old City is a step closer to reality.
It’s something that Old City residents have wanted for years — to be able to park under the Ben Franklin Bridge. Philadelphia Parking Authority interim co-director Rick Dickson says it’s been banned since 9/11. But now…READ MORE: Phillies To Increase Capacity To 16,000 Starting Next Friday Against Boston Red Sox
“The Delaware River Port Authority’s security staff has reviewed their security procedures and believe that it can be opened as a parking facility again without jeopardizing the security and integrity of the bridge.”READ MORE: $20,000 Reward Offered After Fire At Historic St. Leo's Church In Tacony Ruled Arson
The PPA has approved a letter of intent to manage the 200-space lot and provide the gates and fee-collection equipment. Parking would be monthly-only, for residents and employees of local businesses.MORE NEWS: Lelands Auctioning Kobe Bryant Jersey Worn During Career At Lower Merion High School
Dickson says a draft contract should be prepared in about a month, with the aim of opening the lot in early 2017.