Road closure will take place on the morning of May 8, 2024, due to an encampment resolution

PHILADELPHIA — On Wednesday, May 8, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kensington Avenue from East Orleans Street to Allegheny Avenue will be closed temporarily in both directions so a City team can work on a planned encampment resolution on the 3000 and 3100 blocks. During the closure, vehicles will be detoured southeast to Frankford Avenue, Emerald Street and nearby streets.

The temporary closure is needed to ensure the safety of City outreach teams as they engage individuals during the final day of encampment resolution on Wednesday, May 8, during which individuals residing at the encampment have been notified to dismantle any tents and structures that pose public health and safety hazards and obstruct sidewalk passage.

This closure marks the final day of a month-long encampment resolution process that began on Thursday, April 4, when the City of Philadelphia posted a 30-day encampment resolution notice on 3000-3100 blocks of Kensington Avenue and other adjacent locations. Since April 4, 2024, City outreach teams and social services agencies engaged individuals daily to ensure low-barrier housing, services, and connections to treatment are made available and offered to people experiencing homelessness at the encampment leading up to and on the day of the resolution on Wednesday, May 8, per the City’s tent and structure policy.

The City of Philadelphia deeply appreciates the understanding, patience, and cooperation of the residents of the Kensington community and surrounding neighborhoods during this temporary closure.