Isaacson: Grants announces for Delaware River trail, local sidewalk improvements

HARRISBURG, March 26 – Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., announced $650,000 in state funding was awarded for the development of a multi-use trail along the Delaware River in the 175th District and the reconstruction of the 1100 block of Filbert Street.

“I have been working in support of the Delaware River trail project since before I took office, so it’s been great to see this project get funding. This will help make the waterfront more accessible and more enjoyable for everyone,” Isaacson said. “I’m also excited to see Filbert Street get needed improvements that will make the area safer for pedestrians.”

The Delaware River Waterfront Corp., was awarded $250,000 to assist with the development of a 1,232 foot trail for bicyclists and pedestrians in Penn Treaty Park. The trail will connect to an existing waterfront trail at the Sugarhouse Casino and run northward along the water’s edge to Beach Street. The pedestrian path will be made of stone, while the bicycle path will be asphalt pavement.

Additionally, the $400,000 disbursed to the Reading Terminal Market Corp. will aid in the reconstruction of Filbert Street, between 11th and 12th streets. The curbs will be removed so that sidewalks can be widened. The improvements will also include new signage, installing retractable bollards, a mounted bicycle corral, and bands of textured asphalt to act as a traffic calming measure.

The grants were awarded through the Multimodal Transportation Fund, which provides state funding to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.