City Ave District Project Updates
We are excited to announce that PennDOT started construction in August 2016 on the first phase of long-term improvements along the City Ave corridor, between Interstate 76 and U.S. 30 (Lancaster Avenue), with expected completion by November 2017.
The District initially obtained a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant for acquisition and installation of new traffic-adaptive signal equipment to more efficiently accommodate traffic flow and pedestrians, however this project now includes a number of additional safety enhancements. Through PennDOT’s leadership, the original project scope to upgrade the 17 signalized intersections along City Ave now includes a new wireless communication system and the installation of new pedestrian push buttons, pedestrian signal heads with countdown displays, several new mast arms with new overhead traffic signal heads, new pavement markings, new overhead street signs, and 74 new ADA compliant curb ramps.
The City Ave District then leveraged the initial $800,000 CMAQ grant into the current $3.4 million project funded primarily by PennDOT. Additional funding was provided by the City Ave District, a Legislative Action Grant, and Lower Merion Township.
Looking beyond the Phase I improvements, we are also proud to report that the City Ave District was awarded a Department of Community and Economic Development Multi-modal Fund Grant by the Commonwealth Financing Authority for $2.05 million for Phase II of the City Ave project for work between 50th Street /Bala Avenue and 63rd street/Wynnewood Road. Phase II improvements will include concrete mountable curb grass medians, new drainage installation and upgrades, along with various intersection improvements.
In addition, the City Ave District is hosting three happy hours at the newly renovated outdoor plaza, The Commons at Two Bala Plaza, a new open-air space for leisure and special events right here in the District. While the first event has already passed, there are still two upcoming dates – October 13 and October 27, from 5 pm – 7 pm. Tickets can be purchased and more information can be found at www.cityave.org.