PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Jim Kenney today proposed continued investments in better and safer streets as part of the City’s FY22-27 Capital Program, FY22 Budget and Five-Year Plan.
The FY22-27 Capital Program for the Streets Department recommends an overall investment of $417.9 million, including a historic infusion of $317.2 million over six years for road reconstruction and resurfacing, and installation of ADA ramps.
“The single largest capital investment continues to be addressing the condition and quality of our streets — to the tune of $132.2 million in FY22 alone for reconstruction of ADA ramps and repaving, which is four times greater than last year,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “This is the largest single-year investment in the City’s history, and will help workers, residents, and visitors access their destinations reliably and safely.”
The budget allocates half of City-supported general obligation borrowing for FY22 to projects that make the city’s streets safer, cleaner, and more accessible for all of Philadelphia’s residents, businesses, and visitors. Proposed improvements include:
- Reconstruction/Resurfacing and Installation of ADA Ramps – The FY22 Capital Budget calls for an infusion of $132 million in street paving which is a $100 million increase that will allow the Streets Department to pave 115 miles of City streets and the construction of approximately 6,955 accessible ramps. The City will also engage professional services firms to assist with prioritizing ADA work throughout the City.
- Vision Zero – $1 million dollars have been proposed for Vision Zero improvements in FY22 to fund critical safety improvements to make streets safer for all users. The Vision Zero Action Plan 2025, is built on substantial engagement and coordination setting the path forward toward zero traffic deaths by 2030. These projects include:
- Continue the Neighborhood Slow Zones program to implement traffic calming such as speed cushions, pavement markings and flexible delineators. These will be located at Fairhill and Willard, around William Cramp School, at Tenth Memorial near Sharswood neighborhood, and in West Passyunk.
- Roundabout installation and intersection reconfiguration at the intersection of 20th, Penrose, Moyamensing.
- Bicycle safety infrastructure improvements including the City’s Safe Spaces for Cycling package of protected bike lanes with protected bike lanes on 2nd Streets, 5th Street, 6th Street, and 10 Street in Center City and Parkside Avenue in West Philadelphia.
- Additional protected bike lanes are planned for installation on Torresdale Ave across the Pennypack and Race St from 8th to 6th Streets.
- Improving Transit – (SEPTA) has proposed $3.498 million in investments of new City tax-supported funds. This funding will leverage $195 million in state and federal grant funds in FY22. Projects will improve transit infrastructure, vehicles, communications, and payment technologies, providing improved reliability and safety for Philadelphia riders throughout the city and region. The City’s contribution to SEPTA’s investment is a required match for state and federal funding.
- Upgrades to Sanitation Sites – $1.5 million in FY22 to complete the upgraded waste processing systems at the Northwest Transfer Station in Roxborough.
- Bridge Restoration – $500,000 is proposed in the FY22 budget to serve as the City’s match requirement for several key bridge rehabilitation and reconstruction projects. These include Montgomery Avenue Bridge over Amtrak at 30th Street, MLK Drive over Schuylkill River, Tabor Road Bridge over Tacony Creek, 59th Street Bridge over Amtrak, Falls Road Bridge, and 30th Street Viaduct over 30th Street.
The Mayor’s Budget Address, Operating and Capital Budgets, and Proposed FY22-26 Five Year Plan are available here.