Improvements Coming to Parkside Avenue
On 10/13, PennDOT announced in a press release (LINK http://www.penndot.gov/regionaloffices/district-6/pages/details.aspx?newsid=2141) that Parkside Avenue will be resurfaced this fall between Girard Avenue – 52nd Street. Parkside Avenue in those limits is a state road, which is why the paving is being done by PennDOT.
Resurfacing means that PennDOT crews will mill, or remove, the existing pavement and repave with new asphalt to provide a smooth roadway surface. Work will begin the week of October 23rd and continue for several weeks.
After the repaving is complete, the lines on the road will be restriped. You will notice that the lines will look different that before the repaving and will include pedestrian, motor vehicle, and bicycle safety measures.
Parkside Avenue is identified as part of the Philadelphia High Injury Network, which means that Parkside Avenue is a corridor with a high rate of traffic deaths and severe injuries. The City identified the High Injury Network as part of the Vision Zero Action Plan, which identified goals and actions towards decreasing traffic violence in Philadelphia.
The City focuses particularly on High Injury Network corridors for opportunities to change the design of the roadway to respond to a pattern of past crashes and prevent serious crashes in the future. You can find out more about the High Injury Network and Vision Zero at the Vision Zero Philly website: (LINK: http://www.visionzerophl.com/)
The new striping on Parkside Avenue will be completed by mid-November. The street will be reorganized to accommodate new safety measures for all users. There will have the same amount of travel lanes for cars, one in each direction, with a center turn lane. There will be new painted pedestrian refuge areas so that people who walk will have a shorter distance to travel across Parkside Avenue. There will be new bus stop areas for westbound busses in the parking lane to enable extra space to discharge passengers with mobility issues.
Finally, the north parking lane adjacent to West Fairmount Park will be offset from the curb to add a parking protected bicycle lane on the north curb. There are existing painted bicycle lanes on Parkside Avenue today. The new striping plan will move those bike lanes to the northern curb.
A parking protected bicycle lane exists in two places already in Philadelphia: Ryan Avenue and Chestnut Street. The bicycle lane is located between the curb and the parking lane to organize the vehicle space together with the travel lanes and increase the distance of people who walk and bicycle from moving cars.
If you have any questions or comments about the new street organization, please contact Jeannette Brugger, the City’s Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordinator at email@example.com or 686-5521.