The Delaware River Port Authority is considering a new bike and pedestrian ramp for the Ben Franklin Bridge.
The new proposed South Walkway Bicycle and Pedestrian Ramp would “replace the existing stairway on the south side of the Bridge in Camden with a new ramp structure,” according to the Delaware River Port Authority website.
On August 1, the DRPA’s Operations and Maintenance Committee approved the proposal for the Ben Franklin Bridge and voted for the proposal to move forward for the full board to see.
On Wednesday, the full Delaware River Port Authority Board of Commissioners discussed the $7.9 million project on the bridge that was first opened to traffic in 1926.
As of now, the south side walkway is only available to those who can first climb a 25 foot staircase.
If the ramp is approved, construction on the bridge could begin in the fall and would be finished by the year 2019.
The Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Alternatives Program will grant $3.8 million and the William Penn Foundation will grant $400,000 for the project.