Philadelphia – Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today that construction activities will begin the week of September 19 for the Parkside Avenue Vision Zero Project.  The boundaries of the project are Parkside from Girard Ave to Bryn Mawr Ave, and 52nd St from Merion Ave to Jefferson St. Traffic will be maintained during construction.  However, temporary lane closures are expected between the hours of 7AM and 5PM throughout the duration of the project.  The lane closures will allow the contractor to safely perform the work.

The project involves the construction of pedestrian and bus boarding islands, ADA curb ramps, a multi-use trail, curb alignment, traffic signal upgrades at 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue, and a new traffic signal at 50th Street and Parkside Avenue.  Work will also consist of new signage and improvements to street lighting at the intersection of 52nd Street and Merion Avenue.

Motorists should anticipate some traffic delays and allow extra time to travel around the work areas.  To complete the work, residents should expect some parking restrictions near the intersections and along the work area.  Temporary ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted in advance of each scheduled activity. Vehicles must be removed from the work sites during the hours posted on the ‘No Parking’ signs to avoid being towed.  In the event a car is towed, residents should contact their local Police District to determine its location.

Construction work is expected to be completed by the end of Summer 2023.  The construction contract for this project was awarded to Ramos and Associates, Inc. of Philadelphia.  The value of the contract is approximately $2.75M, and is being funded predominantly by a PennDOT Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant.

The Streets Department thanks residents and motorists in advance for their patience and cooperation during this project.