01/20/2014 Poor drainage along the Wissahickon Bike Trail, several hundred yards below its’ intersection with Forbidden Drive, has been causing the trail to become a steeplechase water hazard.
Since the trail was renovated in 2007 with $1.4 million (federal funding), it would seem that there has been little or no maintenance to the bikeway by the city. Vegetation grows out over the path in the summer, and mud and leaves narrow the trail in many sections, dangerously crowding together the mix of cyclists, runners, and walkers.
This drainage problem is just one example of the poor design and construction of the renovation. Other sections of the trail are too low and frequently flood, leaving a covering of mud.