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Bike Path Project Continues, Finances are Fine

Delay in project not related to money.

Residents on Nixon Street may have noticed quieter afternoons due to some inaction on the bike trail project. However, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation says the path will get done.

"We are in the process of resolving a few issues with that section of trail—nothing major," project manager Rob Armstrong said in an email. "Work should be recommencing shortly on the area off Nixon."

Part of the the city and suburbs, the project's current phase is centered on a section behind homes on Nixon Street in Shawmont.

In emails to Patch and posts on forums, like EveryBlock.com, some residents speculated as to the delay. Some people floated the idea that the project ran out of money.

Absolutely not, Armstrong said.

"This is a federally funded TIGER project with (PennDOT) and city oversight. We are totally within our budget," he said.

Another section, Port Royal Avenue to the Montgomery County line, is already completed, he said. 

Previously, was larger than they envisioned. In May, Armstrong said certain aspects regarding ADA compliance caused for wider excavation that originally intended.

On Monday, Armstrong, without going into detail, explained the delay as an extra level of caution.

"We want to make sure the project is done properly. There are minor issues, but we want to make sure we get them right," he said.

robert greenage June 05, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Thank you for the update.

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