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Neighborhood improvements can enhance community life and provide stewardship for local environmental resources. They include:

  • Improved waterfront access (safer pedestrian crossings, more trees, and brighter, energy efficient lighting)
  • Wide sidewalks and pedestrian trails (both across and along the underside of highway)
  • Bicycle lanes and trails (to expand transportation options)
  • Green storm water management (that absorbs rain water instead of piping it into the river)
  • Sound walls (in places where neighbors vote to install them)
  • New green and recreational spaces (putting land under and next to I-95 to productive and attractive use)
  • Opportunities for public art (on new retaining walls and along connector streets that link neighborhoods to the waterfront)

The full list of potential neighborhood improvements appears below, with the latest information on their status as either Approved Improvements, or Improvements Under Consideration. Approved Improvements have been incorporated into final designs for project sections, are already under construction, or are complete. Improvements Under Consideration are proposed improvements that have been shared conceptually with the public, but are not yet fully developed. These improvements may change in scope, size and location as designs are finalized and go to construction. Remember that anything not yet fully designed or under construction is an opportunity for continued public input. Check back frequently for opportunities to participate in the process. Details of each of the approved or proposed improvements are below.


  • GIR: Public Spaces Adjacent to the Highway Structure

    Retaining walls and open space adjacent to I-95 are designed to minimize the visual impact of the highway and create small new public spaces.
  • GIR: Penn Treaty Park Gateway

    This initiative will enhance the connection to the Penn Treaty Park with lighting, landscaping, public art and parking improvements.
  • GIR: Noise Barriers

    Near neighbors within a defined distance of the highway have voted to construct noise barriers adjacent to homes, schools, and parks, and the first walls have already been constructed between Frankford and Columbia avenues.
  • CPR: Lighting

    The underpasses of the seven bridges that were reconstructed have new lighting. Developed in cooperation with Philadelphia’s Department of Streets, they include LED (Light Emitting Diode) fixtures mounted to cast brighter, more consistent quality of light for vehicles and pedestrians.
  • CPR: Open Space

    PennDOT and the Sustainable Action Committee will work with the community to develop sustainable improvements to the open parcels in the Cottman-Princeton Interchange Project.
  • CPR: Landscaping

    During the Cottman-Princeton Interchange Project, PennDOT included a variety of landscaping plantings to beautify the community. These include trees along Princeton Avenue, as well as grass and shrubs to aid stormwater management.
  • GIR: Underpasses

    The I-95 underpasses at Shackamaxon Street, Marlborough Street and Columbia Avenue have been replaced with longer underpasses that accommodate wider shoulders and other safety improvements on the interstate above. New sidewalks, lighting, and aesthetic wall treatments improve pedestrian conditions under the highway at these three underpasses.
  • GIR: Delaware Avenue Streetscape

    Rebuilding Delaware Avenue from Columbia Avenue to Aramingo Avenue in the Girard Avenue Interchange project area will make the road safer and more accessible for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
  • GIR: Richmond Street Streetscape - North of Girard

    The redevelopment of Richmond Street as it runs north of Girard Avenue includes innovative tree plantings, energy-efficient lighting and bike lanes. This section of Richmond Street will carry the SEPTA Route 15 trolley as well as cars, trucks, bicycles and pedestrians.
  • GIR: Conrail Bridges

    The Girard Interchange Project replaced the existing Conrail bridge over Richmond Street with four smaller structures with new lighting under the bridges and redesigned sidewalls.
  • GIR: Conrail Retaining Wall

    The retaining wall that separates the Conrail yard from Richmond Street between Sergeant and Somerset streets was designed and constructed to be softer and more aesthetically pleasing and include unobtrusive fencing for safety.

Under Consideration

  • BRI: Juniata Triangle

    Click above to read more about how we will be using and transforming this vacant plot of land.
  • GIR: Public Spaces below the Highway Structure

    New public spaces are being designed under I-95 to serve community needs.
  • GIR: Pedestrian and Bicycle Trail

    The reconstruction of the Girard Avenue Interchange will open up spaces beneath the structure that are currently inaccessible and make new connections between River Ward neighborhoods and the Delaware waterfront possible.
  • AFC: Monkiewicz Playground

    There is an opportunity to connect the open space areas of the Monkiewicz Playground by placing I-95 on an elevated structure (viaduct). The Project Team is working with the community to explore the options to enhance park activity using this area underneath the highway. Options for the new space are further explored by following the link (above).
  • GIR: Cultural Interpretation and Public Art

    During the Girard Avenue Interchange Project, an effort is being made to document and protect archaeological finds and work with the community to preserve its cultural resources, create open spaces and promote public art.