"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 environmental outcomes for all modes and local contexts." PennDOT Connects Policy Statement
There is an opportunity to connect the open space areas of the Monkiewicz Playground by placing I-95 on an elevated structure (viaduct). The Project Team is working with the community to explore the new options to enhance park activity using this area underneath the highway. Options for the new space are further explored in the tabs below.
Please remember that anything not yet fully designed or under construction is an opportunity for public input.
There is an opportunity to increase open space at the Monkiewicz Playground under and on either side of I-95 by placing the highway on a viaduct instead of fill. In addition, additional green space can be created by the removal of the northbound off-ramp and by replacing the slopes with retaining walls on either side of the highway.
Placing I-95 on a viaduct between Allegheny Avenue and Westmoreland Streets creates an opportunity to reconnect the east and west sides of the Monkiewicz Playground. Viaducts of various lengths can be designed; they are explored in the graphics below. Additionally, this area underneath the highway can be used in a variety of ways to enhance park activity. During Preliminary Engineering we are designing a full-length viaduct.
The new green space created by the highway improvements can be used to provide additional benefits to the community through both active and passive recreational uses.
Possible Green Space Uses
In addition to improvements to the Monkiewicz Playground, section AFC includes upgrades to nearby surfaces streets, reconstruction of SEPTA’s Westmoreland Loop terminal, and updates to the Veteran’s Memorial. Details on these improvements can be found in the tabs below.
AFC Green Initiatives