Extensive Repairs For 25th Street Viaduct Announced

 

"Artist Rendering of Refurbished 25th Street Viaduct"

“Artist Rendering of Refurbished 25th Street Viaduct” | Via Plan Philly

  • CSX Corporation, the largest freight railroad operating in Philadelphia, and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson “announced Wednesday a multiyear project to restore the condition and appearance of the long crumbling 25th Street Viaduct,” reports Plan Philly. The 1.2-mile bridge will have a debris shield installed by the end of the year; after that, the three to five year project will see the repair of its drainage system, replacement of the parapet walls, as well as the resurfacing of the bridge’s underside. While catalyzed by local train derailments in this and last January, these repairs would not guarantee the public’s safety much more than preventing additional concrete from falling off its pockmarked parapets, as the aforementioned derailments were caused by defects in the rail itself, and not the bridge’s pitiful condition. 
  • Of the seven Knight Foundation grants recently awarded to Philadelphia-based groups, one will help facilitate the reinvention of schoolyards as a viable and eventually essential component of a community’s public space. NewsWorks speaks with Anuj Gupta, executive director of Mount Airy USA, about the role that schoolyards are destined to play in coming waves of redevelopment, as there are few assets “as widely and equitably dispersed throughout all the city’s neighborhoods as schoolyards.”
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  1. Hope they plan for graffiti on that nice new/refurbished bridge.

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