Groundbreaking for the Viaduct Rail Park was held on October 31, 2016. The contractor, AP
Construction, immediately began to clear the site, removing overgrown trees, shrubs and debris.
Construction fences were erected as site clearing
continued while awaiting final soils and other
environmental reports. In the last few weeks, the
contractor has removed much of the ballast on
the trestle itself in order to allow for cleaning,
waterproofing and sealing the top side of the
bridge structures that pass over city streets.
Lead abatement will follow on the underside of
the bridges, before they are repaired, repainted
AP Construction is also measuring all components
of the existing steel structure in order to prepare shop drawings for the new
metal railings that will
be installed along the edges of the viaduct as the
The long-awaited park is a collaboration between the Center City District, Friends of the Rail Park, the City of Philadelphia, and SEPTA. The first
phase of The Rail Park extends from the south
side of Callowhill Street, curving northwest to
grade at 13th and Noble Streets, and includes
improvements to the 1300 block of Noble Street
to North Broad Street. The project is aiming for
completion in February 2018.
An overview may be found at