Saturday, January 09, 2010

Last Chance For Pedestrian and Bike Access on the I-95 Scudder Falls Bridge

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The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission is re-building the Scudder Falls (I-95) Bridge that links Ewing (pop. 35,707) and Lower Makefield Twp, PA (pop. 32,681) as well as the Delaware River canal towpaths on both sides of the river.

Currently, the Bridge is not accessible to pedestrians or bicyclists. The Bridge Commission is taking public comment on the bridge's new design. Although it is considering the inclusion of a new bicycle/pedestrian pathway, it is not convinced that the $18 million cost of the pathway justifies building it. This cost would only adds 6% more to the total project cost of $300 million project. Current state and federal complete streets guidelines define reasonable cost of bicycle and pedestrian facilities at 20% of the total project cost.

Take three minutes to send a letter to the Commission by scrolling down and right in the frame below

For more information on the project go the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia's Scudder Falls Bridge page.

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