Transit Updates in the District
The City Ave District has been working on multiple projects to ease traffic and congestion, while creating greater pedestrian and multi-modal accessibility in our area. As part of this, we are pleased to announce that the installation of the five traffic adaptive signals and the construction of other improvements along St. Asaphs Rd are now complete. Due to a PennDOT technical issue, the new signals are not live yet but should be soon.
These types of signals have proven successful in reducing traffic delays and allowing for safer pedestrian crossings. In another area of Philadelphia, where they are already in use, traffic delays have been reduced by an average of 27%.
Work on the City Avenue project will start in late 2015. Phase I of this project will include the installation of traffic adaptive signal equipment, new pedestrian signal heads with countdown timers, new pedestrian push buttons and signage, ADA ramp construction, and other intersection improvements. The City Ave District received an $800,000 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) grant for this project that we then leveraged into a $3.6 million project that is mostly funded by PennDOT.
Additionally, the City Ave District is working on a project to re-design Presidential Blvd, including the addition of a mid-block cross walk with signalization. The project is currently moving forward with engineering and permitting. The next step is to finalize Lower Merion Township approvals as PennDOT approvals have already been received.
These projects address needs identified in the Act 209 Study and are part of our mission to have City Ave be a great place to live, work, play, and learn.