Physical Improvements






Physical Improvements


IMG_2399City Ave is looking good.


We’ve spent $4 million on streetscape improvements over the last five years. These include landscaping projects, new signage, physical renovations and improvements that increase pedestrian safety and encourage pedestrian activity through residential and commercial areas.


City Ave will be looking even better.


That’s because we have an additional $10 million in improvements planned over the next five years as we continue to transform the City Ave area into something special.


These improvements will include, among other things, the installation of traffic adaptive signals, to further reduce delays, clear traffic queues, allow for safer pedestrian crossing, and increase walkability throughout the District.


Streetscape and Safety Improvement Program

Phase I: Improved transportation flow, walkability and safety for City Avenue between I-76 and U.S. 30 (Lancaster Ave.): new ADA ramps, street signs, pedestrian push buttons, countdown timers, traffic adaptive signal upgrades, audio alerts for crosswalks and an emergency pre-emption system for first responders. (Completed March 2018)


Phase II: Traffic calming and pedestrian safety at major intersections and areas along City Avenue between 50th St./ Bala Ave. and 63rd St./ Wynnewood Rd.: New turn lanes, beveled concrete mountable curb grass medians, stamped and raised crosswalks, major drainage improvements, traffic signal modifications, and additional pedestrian safety measures.


Phase III: Pedestrian safety: new pedestrian scale lighting will enhance both pedestrian vision and motorist visibility of people on streets and sidewalks, and public transit will more easily accessible.


Completed Projects

In Spring 2018, the District, in partnership with Lower Merion Township, completed the re- design of Presidential Boulevard which has improved safety for both pedestrians and motorists. A major feature of the project was the installation of a new mid-block pedestrian crosswalk. Other components include the addition of shoulders with bike lanes and a center turning lane; as well as milling, paving and striping of the roadway. 



In 2015, five intersections between Conshocken State Road and Monument Road were updated with traffic adaptive signals. Plus, ADA ramps and pedestrian push buttons improved safety at the monument intersection.


In 2014, Bala Ave was enhanced with pedestrian scale lighting, crosswalks, ADA ramps, roadway widening, right and left turn lanes at City Ave, and signal upgrades.


In 2013, we enhanced 63rd street with pedestrian scale lighting, bump-outs, and crosswalks.