The reconstruction of a failing wall along the Schuylkill River will prompt closures to portions of Martin Luther King Drive and the Schuylkill River Trail along MLK Drive.
The construction and resulting detours will begin on December 6, 2016 and continue through the end of Febuary 2017, during the hours of 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM.
During those times, the eastbound (inbound) lane of MLK Drive will be closed from Sweet Briar to Eakins Oval.
During construction, the Schuylkill River trail will be rerouted to remove pedestrian and bicycle traffic from the construction area. Download a detour map for pedestrians and bicyclists
This project is necessary because a section of the existing Schuylkill River wall, approximately 75’ in length, failed and fell into the river on August 23, 2016. Due to this failure, a portion of the retained soil supported by the wall has collapsed into the river, along with the section of asphalt walkway it was supporting. This condition leaves the area unstable, and the river's tide and large storms will continue to cause further erosion and damage. 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.
The Streets Department and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation thank residents and commuters for their patience and cooperation during the project.