Due to repairs on a fallen retaining wall along MLK Drive and the Schuylkill River Trail, the trail will be closed between MLK Drive and Race Street through January 20. According to information provided by the City of Philadelphia, the trail will be temporarily rerouted to remove pedestrian and bicycle traffic from the construction area. That detour will run from Franklin Paine’s Skate Park though Eakins Oval to 22nd street, then down 22nd street to Race street which leads to the Race street trail entrance.
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This project is necessary because a section of the existing Schuylkill Riverwall, approximately 75’ in length, failed and fell into the river on August 23, 2016. Due to this failure, a portion of the retained soil supported by the wall has collapsed into the river, along with the section of asphalt walkway it was supporting. This condition leaves the area unstable, and the rivers tide and large storms will continue to cause further erosion and damage. Without immediate action the remaining sections of the wall and soil have a high potential to see additional failure presenting a life safety hazard to the public. Learn more