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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: Public Spaces below the Highway Structure

The improvements to Interstate 95 under Section GIR allow for creation of new public
spaces beneath the highway structure that are designed to be usable and attractive areas for neighborhood residents. These uses include parking areas, flexible community spaces, landscaped stormwater management facilities, and public art installations. The large amount of space and diverse conditions along different blocks under the length of I-95 open a wide range of design possibilities that the PennDOT design team is working to refine in partnership with nearby neighbors and organizations that wish to take on a design, management or programming role for these new amenities.

  • Status: Conceptual design underway

Under Consideration

GIR: Public Spaces below the Highway Structure

The improvements to Interstate 95 under Section GIR allow for creation of new public
spaces beneath the highway structure that are designed to be usable and attractive areas for neighborhood residents. These uses include parking areas, flexible community spaces, landscaped stormwater management facilities, and public art installations. The large amount of space and diverse conditions along different blocks under the length of I-95 open a wide range of design possibilities that the PennDOT design team is working to refine in partnership with nearby neighbors and organizations that wish to take on a design, management or programming role for these new amenities.

  • Status: Conceptual design underway