PHILADELPHIA – The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (oTIS) announced today it received more than $8 million in state funding to support transportation infrastructure improvements in Philadelphia. The transportation investments will support Vision Zero efforts, improve access to public transportation, enhance pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and preserve historic transportation infrastructure.
Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards this week announced funding for eleven projects in Philadelphia through the Transportation Set-Aside Program. Projects from the Philadelphia Streets Department and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation include:
- Improved sidewalk segments for safe pedestrian access and sites for Direct Bus stations along Roosevelt Boulevard
- Construction of medians along North Broad Street for Vision Zero traffic safety improvements
- Modified intersection improvements at Broad Street & Locust Street
- Traffic safety improvements to create a school slow zone near Cramp Elementary School
- Intersection improvements and signalization at Frankford Avenue and Belgrade Street
- Multimodal improvements along Race Street adjacent to Franklin Square
- Rehabilitation of the Manayunk Canal Lower Locks
- Construction of the first phase of South Broad Street side path from Pattison Avenue to the Navy Yard
Three other organizations also secured funding from the state for projects in Philadelphia:
- Installation of new pedestrian lighting from 52nd Street to Lapsley Lane in the city of Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County (City Avenue Special Services District)
- Construction of a mid-block crosswalk connecting Drexel University’s campus in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia (Drexel University)
- Improvements to damaged sidewalks with heavy pedestrian traffic under I-95 (Interstate Land Management Corporation)
“Expanding transportation choices is key to building a more equitable and accessible Philadelphia.” said Mayor Kenney. “The transportation projects awarded through PennDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program help us do just that and will improve travel options for Philadelphians.”
The awards add to the nearly $2.3 million committed to Philadelphia in the regional portion of the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside grant program for three projects, grants that were announced in January 2018 by DVRPC. Projects were eligible for selection in both a regional and statewide selection process with some projects receiving financial support in both rounds.