Port Authority Plans Pedestrian Walkway

- August 12, 2014 - This new five foot asphalt sidewalk will make it easier, and safer, for pedestrians to get to events on the water.

It's just one part of a master plan to improve Erie's bluff and Bayfront areas. Safety is a major concern for the Port Authority when it comes to new plans for a pedestrian walkway.

The walkway will start at an existing roadway just north of Waterworks Park and extend 625 feet west down the bluff. It will zig zag down to the existing sidewalk at the northwest corner of the waterworks building.

There will be new landscaping and rain gardens to help with drainage but there are currently no plans for seating or lighting.

According to the Port Authority, plans for overhead walkways extending from the bluff to the Bayfront over the parkway are not feasible due to the cost involved and the logistics of the slope.

The project costs approximately $180,000 dollars. The funding for this project comes from a federal grant through PennDOT.

The project is currently under review with PennDOT and is scheduled for spring 2015.

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