Street Safety Improvements Coming to 49th, Grays and Lindbergh Boulevard

By Jeannette Brugger

Jeannette Brugger, the City’s Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordinator at the Managing Director’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, & Sustainability (oTIS) attended the January 14th Police District 12 Community Workshop to talk about upcoming paving projects and discuss safety improvements on Grays Avenue, Lindbergh Boulevard, and Passyunk and Essington Avenues.

These streets are Vision Zero High Injury Network Streets (visionzerophl.com). Every year, there are over 10,000 reported crashes in Philadelphia, taking the lives of nearly 100 people. Grays Avenue, Lindbergh Boulevard, Passyunk Avenue, and Essington Avenue have a higher rate for serious traffic crashes than average Philadelphia streets and have a high amount of people who are seriously injured or killed.

Ms. Brugger presented new concepts for each of the 4 streets that will slow vehicle traffic and improve safety for trolley passengers and people walking, biking, and driving. The new roadway layout proposals were met with positive feedback by the audience of block captains and residents at the meeting. The City now has documented support for the projects from the Southwest CDC and Eastwick Friends & Neighbors groups. With this support, the changes proposed on these streets could be installed in 2020. Learn more about the projects by visiting http://bit.ly/SouthwestPhillySafety or and send questions and concerns to otis@phila.gov.

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