Washington Avenue To Get Restriped, Road Diet Needed
As Christine Fisher at Plan Philly reported last week, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) presented proposals for the restriping of Washington Avenue. Anyone who has driven, walked or biked this street can attest that congestion, lack of clarity and a fair amount of lawlessness abounds here. Several factors contribute. The lines on the road themselves have worn very thin. There is a lot of industrial and commercial traffic on the street and illegal stopping mean that this gateway between Center City and South Philly experiences a higher percentage of accidents than the average Philadelphia street.
Longer term the city will engage in significant water infrastructure work that will mean a more complete overhaul of Washington Avenue should be pursued. This eyesore of a street hampers a vital connection between an expanding Center City and gentrifying South Philly.
Shorter term, below are various proposals PCPC is considering. Apologies in advance for the low light/resolution of the images. Their full report should be posted online shortly.