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GIR: Public Spaces Adjacent to the Highway Structure

Walls and space east of I-95

As I-95 was reconstructed between Shackamaxon Street and Columbia Avenue in Fishtown, new retaining walls and open spaces were created along the right-of-way east of the interstate to soften the appearance of the interstate, create landscaped open spaces for the neighborhoods and improve access to Penn Treaty Park.

The retaining walls on the east side of I-95 have been landscaped with plantings that screen the wall and create a green gateway to the neighborhoods. The open space areas adjacent to I-95 at Columbia Avenue will be landscaped as an extension of Penn Treaty Park.

Walls and space west of I-95

As I-95 was reconstructed between Shackamaxon Street and Columbia Avenue, new embankments, retaining walls and open spaces were created along the right-of-way west of the interstate (right). As on the east side of I-95, the goal was to soften the appearance of the highway and improve the pedestrian experience traveling to and from the neighborhoods.

New public spaces developed

The open space areas and embankments along I-95 are near homes in the Fishtown neighborhood. Landscape plans for these areas lay the groundwork for community groups to create linear park spaces that could incorporate such things as community gardens or dog-walks. The retaining walls on the west side of I-95 will be landscaped with plantings that screen the structures and create a green gateway to the waterfront.

  • Status: Construction completed between Shackamaxon Street and Columbia Avenue
  • Timeline: 2016
  • Project Updates: None at this time