The city plans to spend several hundred thousand bucks to improve pedestrian and traffic flow at the hazardous intersection of 10th, Reed and Passyunk.
Sam Sherman at Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation said that the city is in charge of the project, which we were tipped off to by a helpful reader who sent us a picture of the spray paint lines a couple weeks back. That also tipped us off to the fact that there has been some action at the shuttered Triangle Tavern, finally.
Sherman said the city plans to focus on traffic-calming measures like expanding the curbs to shrink the distance a pedestrian needs to cross, improving signals, adding pedestrian crossing signals, redoing the sidewalks and adding ADA-compliant ramps.
No additional greenery was in the initial plans but Sherman said he has requested that the city leave at least some tree pits to spruce up the joint once the work is finished. It doesn’t look like there will be the hoped-for island and “sneckdown,” a term we only became familiar with after a particularly big snowstorm this year.
We haven’t gotten the final planned price tag from the city yet (the project manager didn’t return a call back), but Sherman estimated that it would cost about $400,000. The work there should be moving this summer.
Speaking of improving intersections, Sherman said the funding for the gateway project at Broad and Passyunk has been released and that work should start by the end of July. The improvements to that other ridiculous intersection, 12th and Passyunk, should begin later this year.