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Regarding the Fence on the 400 Block of Salmon Street

May 2, 2019 -- The universities doing research at this stormwater management site had planned on restoring this area, but the continual damage by the developer across from it affected that plan. PennDOT has filed a complaint against the developer, but this has not stopped the damage. Because of this pending litigation, PennDOT is placing a fence around this area to prevent any future additional damage and to protect its function for stormwater management for I-95. We plan to restore this area and this restoration is included in the contract for the I-95 southbound reconstruction between Palmer and Columbia. In the future, PennDOT plans to replace the protective fence with a short, ornamental fence with openings at boulders which will allow some access. We are coordinating with the City and will meet with the neighbors to discuss the plans for this area once litigation has progressed. Thank you.

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 progress to construction. Please remember that anything not yet fully designed or under construction is an opportunity for public input. Check back frequently for opportunities to participate in the process.

PennDOT Connects

"This new approach to project planning and development expands the department's requirements for engaging local and planning partners by requiring collaboration with stakeholders before project scopes are developed. PennDOT Connects aims to transform capital and maintenance project development by ensuring that community collaboration happens early, and that each project is considered in a holistic way for opportunities to improve safety, mobility, access, and environment outcomes for all modes and local contexts." PennDOT Connects Policy Statement

Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) at Girard

Fishtown residents adjacent to I-95 told us they wanted more greenery between the interstate and their homes. So PennDOT integrated planted bioswales into reconstruction plans for the now completed GR2 section between Palmer Street and Frankford Avenue. 
These bioswales help manage runoff from the interstate by reducing stormwater flows into the sewer system. With the bioswales now in place for several years, PennDOT is partnering with student scientists from Villanova and Temple universities to study how this Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) is performing.

The functioning of the GSI system thus far, along with the findings of the study teams, has influenced stormwater designs at the Girard Avenue Interchange and are helping guide design decisions for future I-95 reconstruction between Frankford Avenue and Race Street (GR5 and GR6).

Meanwhile, nearby residents of the Fishtown neighborhood have taken ownership as a community of the landscaped spaces, decorating them for holidays and helping to keep them litter and weed free.  

  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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: 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: 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: 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.

Under Consideration

  • 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.
  • 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.