A section of the popular Schuylkill River Trail will be closed at all hours for the next month-plus due to safety concerns.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s Office announced Tuesday the closure along about stretch of trail through Jan. 20 as crews repair a collapsed section of Schuylkill River wall. The section runs along Paine's Park skate park.
"The trail route will be detoured to minimize inconvenience to user," said a news release from Kenney’s office.
The closure comes as another section of trail – part of the so-called Fairmount Park loop for walkers, runners and cyclists – that runs from Sweet Briar Drive to near the Philadelphia Museum of Art is also being closed at times.
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Inbound traffic on MLK Drive will continue to be detoured between Sweet Briar and Eakins Oval from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. through the end of the project, said Kenney’s office.
The closures allow crews to repair a portion of roadway and trail left unstable after a 75-foot section of river wall fell into the Schuylkill in August, said Kenney’s office.
"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," said the news release.