Wouldn't it be nice to stroll or bike across one of the bridges in the city of Philadelphia and enjoy scenic views, yet be free of the annoying and dangerous car and truck traffic?
Now you can, thanks to the repurposed Manayunk Bridge!
Pedestrians and cyclists alike will appreciate the chance to commute, exercise, walk the pooch, stroll with a friend or take the bike for a spin across this wonderful addition to the city.
The majestic Manayunk Bridge in Philadelphia beckons folks to revisit the structure and see its new life as a recreational wonder — Photo courtesy of Sharon Rigney
Think you're familiar with the Manayunk Bridge, and that it's nothing new? True. It's been a fixture on the city's map for many years. And it's been out of commission as a railroad bridge since the '80s.
But in 2015, the bridge took on new life. Now, the bridge has become a pedestrian walkway and biking path, thanks to a new road surface and protective guide rails.
The walkway spans the Schuylkill River and the expressway and leads those who cross over from the Manayunk side right onto the Bala Cynwyd Heritage Trail.
It's perfect for those looking to enjoy some time in the sunshine or get in a walk, run, jog, dog walk or other activity. It's also a wonderful new use for a structure that has just been standing idle for decades.
Environmentally friendly and scenic, too, the bridge adds to Philadelphia's landscape in the best possible way — Photo courtesy of Sharon Rigney
In addition to the physical benefits the newly converted bridge offers city residents and visitors, it can also give commuters additional choices as far as how they get to work and back, as well as the option to board SEPTA trains from the Manayunk station.
Parking in areas nearby the stations may also be lightened thanks to the addition of this bridge. It's also rather nice to clear one's head from atop the structure, too.
The bridge is the result of a collaboration between many government agencies, as well as private foundations, who all came together to complete the project at a cost of $5.76 million. The project was a tad trickier than a simple rails-to-trails conversion, due to the fact that live power lines are still carried as part of PECO and AMTRAK operations.
Today the bridge forms an intricate link in the proposed city circuit of more than 750 miles of trails in the greater Philadelphia area. The bridge no longer looms as a reminder of the area's industrial past, but instead stands as a symbol of its rebirth and growth into something even better and brighter.
It looks good. It feels good. It is good.