Update: Closure of Wissahickon Valley Park Bike Trail Bridge at Forbidden Drive

News // February 27, 2020


Philadelphia Parks & Recreation has reopened the four bridges along the Wissahickon Bike Trail between Forbidden Drive and Hermit Trail, parallel to Lincoln Drive. The bridges have been closed since late February after a vehicular accident damaged one of the bridges. The City of Philadelphia has since repaired the damaged bridge and determined it is safe to reopen.

This will return bike and pedestrian access for people to enjoy the outdoors during the current COVID-19 situation. Residents are reminded that a Stay at Home Order is in effect; however, outdoor activities such as walking, running, and cycling are permitted while following appropriate social distancing rules. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health defines social distancing as maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between you and others.

Later in 2020, the four bridges will be closed to undergo substantial rehabilitation, which will include reinforcing and re-decking the structure of the bridges. The rehabilitation is an investment in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure funded by the City of Philadelphia. Plans to improve the bridges were in the works before the February vehicular accident.


Due to structural damage from a recent vehicular accident, the bridge connecting Forbidden Drive to the Wissahickon Bike Trail (near “Ten Box” and along Lincoln Drive) is closed. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday, February 28, bicyclists and pedestrians will not be able to use the trail to connect from Forbidden Drive to Ridge Avenue.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation prioritizes the safety of trail users and thanks them for their patience while we conduct a thorough assessment of the damage. We will share additional updates on the length of the closure as soon as possible.