Philadelphia’s Spring Garden Street Greenway could soon see much-anticipated safety updates under President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan.
The White House last week unveiled details of Biden’s substantial $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan to create jobs and improve the country’s highways, colleges and bridges through investing 1% of U.S. GDP per year over an eight-year timeframe.
Biking advocates say they hope that with the Biden administration’s commitment to infrastructure, enhancements to the street that connects the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers could finally come to fruition, KYW Newsradio reported.
Since the design plan was unveiled by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council in 2013, there have been efforts to engage the community in support of the project.
“Throughout the past decade of working on this, we’ve seen just consistent community interest,” said Lizzie Hessek, regional trails and recreation program manager for PEC, “from across the corridor, from folks in the Spring Garden neighborhood, all the way to Northern Liberties, passing by Chinatown, passing by the Community College (of Philadelphia). There’s kind of across-the-board interest in seeing something happen to Spring Garden Street.”
PEC conducted community surveys and has been working with city officials to get a pathway towards construction and funding — which could ultimately come from Biden’s infrastructure plan.