Harris announces $1.49 million grant for Schuylkill River Trail

HARRISBURG, March 26 – Citing the importance of creating and preserving public green spaces, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., Democratic Caucus whip, announced a grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority totaling $1.49 million for the Schuylkill River Development Corp. to construct the Christian to Crescent trail segment in Philadelphia.

“This segment of the Schuylkill River Trail is one of the more difficult portions to complete due to the terrain and industrial activity,” Harris said. “However, once complete, this portion will finally connect Center City and the Grays Ferry Crescent to provide an entirely off-road route for pedestrians and bicyclists.”

The project will construct approximately 2,065 feet of trail along the Schuylkill River bank and will feature 700 feet of a signature cable-supported bridge structure. The total project cost is $28.55 million. Earlier in March, U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey announced $12 million in funding for this project from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The grant was approved by the CFA under its Multimodal Transportation Fund which provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure safe transportation is available to all Pennsylvania residents.