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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: Cultural Interpretation and Public Art

Cultural and archaeological findings uncovered and preserved

Extensive archaeological research to unearth, document and preserve artifacts is being conducted as part of the overall I-95/Girard Avenue Interchange project. Many fascinating pieces of the history of life along the Delaware River have been uncovered, including the Aramingo Canal, a timber-lined waterway that still exists and runs under the interchange.

The artifacts will be sent to the Pennsylvania State Museum and/or displayed locally after the project is completed. Project archaeologists have produced detailed reports describing and interpreting the history revealed by their findings. PennDOT has hosted several displays of archaeological artifacts, including “Digging the City,” an exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum from September 2012 to February 2013.

Historic items to be used to create public art

In addition to archaeological artifacts, the project will salvage a number of items from the Cramp Building, the last remaining structure from the former William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Company. The building itself was demolished to make way for new interchange ramps. PennDOT is working with local industrial artists to identify items -- such as cranes, railings, gears, wood flooring and metal fencing -- that may be used as part of the GIR project or in future public art displays in the project area. Artwork could include narrative histories and information about the project area and its role in Philadelphia’s history.

Under Consideration

GIR: Cultural Interpretation and Public Art

Cultural and archaeological findings uncovered and preserved

Extensive archaeological research to unearth, document and preserve artifacts is being conducted as part of the overall I-95/Girard Avenue Interchange project. Many fascinating pieces of the history of life along the Delaware River have been uncovered, including the Aramingo Canal, a timber-lined waterway that still exists and runs under the interchange.

The artifacts will be sent to the Pennsylvania State Museum and/or displayed locally after the project is completed. Project archaeologists have produced detailed reports describing and interpreting the history revealed by their findings. PennDOT has hosted several displays of archaeological artifacts, including “Digging the City,” an exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum from September 2012 to February 2013.

Historic items to be used to create public art

In addition to archaeological artifacts, the project will salvage a number of items from the Cramp Building, the last remaining structure from the former William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Company. The building itself was demolished to make way for new interchange ramps. PennDOT is working with local industrial artists to identify items -- such as cranes, railings, gears, wood flooring and metal fencing -- that may be used as part of the GIR project or in future public art displays in the project area. Artwork could include narrative histories and information about the project area and its role in Philadelphia’s history.