South Street Bridge
When the South Street Bridge closed in December of 2008, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities worked closely with local stakeholders to make sure that when it was rebuilt, it would serve all users, from pedestrians to bicyclists to, motorists. The bridge re-opened in November 2010, on budget and on schedule, to great public fanfare.
The use of green stormwater infrastructure is rapidly increasing in Philadelphia. As such, the City will establish and standardize green stormwater infrastructure into the planning, design, and construction of capital work on the City’s streets and develop a corresponding manual. To do this the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities is working with the City of Philadelphia's Water and Streets Departments toproduce a Design Manual for Green Stormwater Infrastructure for the City of Philadelphia.
LED Traffic Lights
Using Federal Department of Energy stimulus funds the Streets Department is replacing the incandescent yellow and green bulbs in traffic signals with LED lighting. The red bulbs are already LEDs, but are nearing the end of their 10-year life, so will also be replaced. This project will reduce energy consumption by half and save the City of Philadelphia $700,000 - $1,000,000.
In the three years the Streets Department has also delivered incredible results for tax payers and the environment by improving the City's recycling rate. The City of Philadelphia has made phenomenal progress with recycling by, more than doubling the diversion rate since the mayor took office, from 7.5% to 18%. In the first three months of this fiscal year we hit a 17.2% city diversion rate. This earned the City more than $1 million in revenue and avoided more than $15 million in landfill costs.