CONSTRUCTION ON the eagerly awaited boardwalk extension of the Schuylkill Banks trail is chugging along, with its slated completion date of August 2014 mostly intact.
Weather delays this winter, however, could add a month or two to the contraction timeline, said Lane Fike, director of capital programs at the Schuylkill River Development Corporation.
"They have to pour the concrete on the deck and that is dependent on weather," he explained. "We're pretty happy with the progress."
The 2,000-foot-long boardwalk will run parallel to the eastern shore of the Schuylkill, starting at Locust Street and connecting with a ramp up to the South Street Bridge. There also will be two outlook areas along the 15-foot-wide span, which was designed to be wide enough to accommodate bicyclists and walkers at the same time. The $10.6 million project is funded by federal stimulus grants through the Transportation Improvements Generating Economic Recovery program (TIGER), as well as state and city funds.