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GIR In Your Neighborhood

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.

Approved

  • 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 will be 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 highway 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.