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Construction to Begin on the 53rd Street and Baltimore Avenue Safety Improvement Project

Philadelphia – Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today that work will commence on Monday, June 22 for the 53rd Street and Baltimore Avenue Safety Improvement Project.

Various City agencies have partnered together to remove the slip lanes at S. 53rd Street & Baltimore Avenue, and to replace them with green stormwater infrastructure – two (2) rain gardens.  In addition to managing the stormwater, this project will improve pedestrian safety at the intersection and around the adjacent Avery D. Harrington School property in the Kingsessing neighborhood.  These improvements include traffic signal equipment upgrades, updated pavement markings, ADA-compliant curb ramps removal of the existing trolley stop shelter, bump-outs for traffic calming and reduced pedestrian crossing distances, and a realignment of the intersection of 53rd Street & Thomas Street that includes an additional regulatory stop sign for traffic headed southbound and a raised crosswalk across northbound Thomas Street.

Work will occur in different stages to maintain traffic during construction, and to minimize impacts to adjacent properties.  The contractor may require temporary lane restrictions while completing the work. There will also be parking restrictions in place to complete the work. Temporary ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted in advance of each scheduled activity. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling around the work areas.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.  The value of the construction contract is $1.36M, and is being funded using combination of Federal and City (Streets, PWD and Commerce) funds.

The City thanks the residents for their efforts and involvement during the design phase of this project. It also thanks residents in advance for their patience and cooperation during the upcoming construction phase.