Believe it or not, Washington Ave. has dominated the news this year.
Whether it’s the new pier park at its connection to the Delaware River, multiple large projects planned up and down the corridor (including Broad and Washington) or even the Mummer’s changing their route, 2014 has been the year of Washington Ave.–and don’t expect that to change with the New Year.
Aside from the aforementioned bevy of potential projects on the docket, it could be the restriping efforts that have the biggest impact in 2015 (our coverage can be found here). It was number four on the Flying Kite‘s recent list of “Eight small things that will have a big impact on philadelphia in 2015,” just behind the SEPTA upgrades, waterfront programming and the Land Bank. You could argue that the waterfront programming is now in the realm of Washington Avenue, given the opening of Washington Avenue Pier.
As for the restriping, it may sound like no big deal, but it will dramatically shift how automobiles (large, medium and small), pedestrians and bicyclists interact with one of South Philly’s busiest thoroughfares. Here’s the gist of what Flying Kite had to say:
Washington Avenue will soon have three lanes — one auto lane in each direction and a center turning lane — except for in a few places. The street’s underused bike lanes will be unified into a continuous route. There will also be improved visibility and longer crossing signals for pedestrians; angled parking will replace parallel parking.
So, given what you now (and already knew) about the re-striping efforts on Washington Ave. — what do you think? Hit us up in the comments, find us on Facebook or Twitter or even shoot us an email. We’d love to hear your thoughts about what makes you excited about 2015 in South Philadelphia.