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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

GIR: Pedestrian and Bicycle Trail

A new off-road trail will be constructed to create better connections between the Fishtown and Port Richmond neighborhoods and to the waterfront. The trail will begin just past the intersection of Girard and Susquehanna avenues. It will enable pedestrians and cyclists to safely travel on a separated facility as far as Lehigh Avenue, essentially creating a new north-south route through Fishtown toward Port Richmond. This path will also allow residents to navigate below the underpass itself to reach the waterfront, a move that is  impossible under the interchange’s current layout.

  • Status: In preliminary design
  • Timeline: Final design late 2016. Construction anticipated in early 2018
  • Project Updates: None at this time

Under Consideration

GIR: Pedestrian and Bicycle Trail

A new off-road trail will be constructed to create better connections between the Fishtown and Port Richmond neighborhoods and to the waterfront. The trail will begin just past the intersection of Girard and Susquehanna avenues. It will enable pedestrians and cyclists to safely travel on a separated facility as far as Lehigh Avenue, essentially creating a new north-south route through Fishtown toward Port Richmond. This path will also allow residents to navigate below the underpass itself to reach the waterfront, a move that is  impossible under the interchange’s current layout.

  • Status: In preliminary design
  • Timeline: Final design late 2016. Construction anticipated in early 2018
  • Project Updates: None at this time