The FY23-28 Capital Program includes the largest investment of City tax-supported funding to increase the efficiency and safety of Philadelphia’s streets.
The FY23-28 Capital Budget for the Streets Department programs $27 million for paving and reconstruction of streets and ADA ramps in FY23 and $173 million over the life of the Capital Program. In addition, $34.8 million of new tax-supported dollars for SEPTA will leverage funds from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The FY23-28 Capital Budget also allocates $17.7 million for traffic control improvements and $2.1 million alone in FY23, in support of the Vision Zero initiative, to make the city’s streets safer for all users.
These Capital investments are accompanied by the following operational funding:
- $1.5 million for the Streets Department in new funding in FY23 to add specialized City crews to build ADA ramps, as a cost-effective approach for accessibility for all.
- The mechanical street cleaning program will expand to eight new neighborhoods for a total of 14.
- A $2 million investment to stand up additional crews to respond to illegal dumping.
- A $7 million investment to sustain the Taking Care of Business commercial corridor cleaning initiative in FY23, led by the Department of Commerce.
Reconstruction, resurfacing, and installation of ADA Ramps
The FY23 Capital Budget calls for an infusion of $27 million in street paving that will allow the Streets Department to pave 60 miles of City streets and the construction of approximately 3,717 accessible ramps. The City will also engage professional services firms to assist with prioritizing ADA work throughout the City.
Making streets safer
$2.1 million dollars in FY23 will go toward Vision Zero to fund critical improvements to make streets safer for all users. These projects include:
- Washington Avenue safety improvements (Grays Ferry Avenue – 4th Street); This is a safety project that includes pedestrian improvements near school crossings, parking protected bike lanes along 18 blocks, new pavement, and traffic timing upgrades.
- Safety improvements around Overbrook Educational Center, which has 300 students, 27 percent of whom are visually impaired. Improvements include traffic calming including speed cushions, concrete bump-outs to help people crossing, corner clearances and pavement markings, signage upgrades, and LED lighting upgrades at intersections.
- Safety improvements on West Chestnut Street including traffic calming and parking protected bike lanes (63rd Street – 45th Street)
- Bike lanes on Market Street (30th Street – 34th Street)
- Parkside Avenue Vision Zero Corridor Project which will include Parkside Avenue intersection improvements (52nd Street), a new signal at 51st Street and bus boarding islands
- Major intersection safety upgrades stemming from the Roosevelt Boulevard Route for Change program at Summerdale, Adams, and Roosevelt Boulevard Intersection improvements, new sidewalk along Franklin square, and upgrades to the existing protected bike lane between 8th and 6th for the Franklin Square Pedestrian Access Project
- Roundabout installation at the intersection of 20th, Penrose, Moyamensing to improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
The Sanitation Division is receiving $3 million in FY23 to complete the upgraded waste processing systems at the Northwest Transfer Station in Roxborough.
Improving public transit
The proposed capital budget includes $5.5 million in new City funding for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA). This funding will also leverage $288 million in grant funds. 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.