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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.

Approved

AFC: Monkiewicz Playground

Playground Changes

As part of the reconstruction of I-95 between Ann Street and the Frankford Creek (I-95/Section AFC), there is an opportunity to increase open space at Monkiewicz Playground under and on either side of I-95. New open space can be created by placing the highway on a viaduct instead of fill. In addition, additional green space can be created by the removal of the northbound off-ramp and by replacing slopes with retaining walls on either side of the highway.

Using the Viaduct

Placing I-95 on viaduct between Allegheny Avenue and Westmoreland Street creates an opportunity to reconnect the east and west sides of Monkiewicz Playground. Viaducts of various lengths can be designed; they are explored in the graphics below. Additionally, this area underneath the highway can be used in a variety of ways to enhance park activity. During Preliminary Engineering we are designing a full length viaduct.

Viaduct Options

Possible Underpass Uses

  • Stormwater Management
  • Small Ball Fields
    • Bocce Ball
    • Handball
    • Roller Hockey
  • Skate Park
  • Performance Venue
  • Art Installations
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Market

Using the Additional Green Space

The new green space created by the highway improvements can be used to provide additional benefit to the community, through both active and passive recreational uses.

Possible Green Space Uses

  • Passive Open Space
  • Stormwater Management
  • Art Installations
  • Playground
  • Dog Park
  • Basketball Courts
  • Small Ball Fields 
    • Bocce Ball
    • Handball
    • Shuffleboard

Under Consideration

AFC: Monkiewicz Playground

Playground Changes

As part of the reconstruction of I-95 between Ann Street and the Frankford Creek (I-95/Section AFC), there is an opportunity to increase open space at Monkiewicz Playground under and on either side of I-95. New open space can be created by placing the highway on a viaduct instead of fill. In addition, additional green space can be created by the removal of the northbound off-ramp and by replacing slopes with retaining walls on either side of the highway.

Using the Viaduct

Placing I-95 on viaduct between Allegheny Avenue and Westmoreland Street creates an opportunity to reconnect the east and west sides of Monkiewicz Playground. Viaducts of various lengths can be designed; they are explored in the graphics below. Additionally, this area underneath the highway can be used in a variety of ways to enhance park activity. During Preliminary Engineering we are designing a full length viaduct.

Viaduct Options

Possible Underpass Uses

  • Stormwater Management
  • Small Ball Fields
    • Bocce Ball
    • Handball
    • Roller Hockey
  • Skate Park
  • Performance Venue
  • Art Installations
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Market

Using the Additional Green Space

The new green space created by the highway improvements can be used to provide additional benefit to the community, through both active and passive recreational uses.

Possible Green Space Uses

  • Passive Open Space
  • Stormwater Management
  • Art Installations
  • Playground
  • Dog Park
  • Basketball Courts
  • Small Ball Fields 
    • Bocce Ball
    • Handball
    • Shuffleboard