Last week a meeting was held to discuss the hot-topic issue of the restriping of Washington Avenue. While these plans have been in the works for some time now, a consensus has not been reached on the best design for the road.
The Streets Department, Planning Commission and Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities gathered on Thursday with about 200 community members to discuss the restriping, which could be completed in summer of 2016.
This meeting was a continuation of the studies being done to decide on the best plan for the street.
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Some also voiced confusion over mentions that the Planning Commission was “starting anew” with their plan for Washington Avenue after community members said they were not fans of back-in style parking that was shown in the adopted Philadelphia2035 South District plan.
But Eleanor Sharpe, of the Planning Commission, said back-in parking is not an official city recommendation, it was simply one of the findings from a study featured in the Philadelphia2035 report.
“At the time the district plans were done, this was the best recommendation,” she said. “It was not actually cast in stone.”
Officials with Mayor Michael Nutter’s office said the Thursday meeting was an effort to have all the various affected parties work towards consensus since they previously failed to gain enough community support.
Many are concerned over the visibility of the road lines on the bike lanes and turn lanes on the street, along with plenty of other issues. The plans for the restriping of Washington Avenue, which were originally slated to be completed this year, included changes to the parking, car lanes, bike lanes and more to improve visibility and safety.
If all goes as planned and a consensus is reached on a design for the restriping, the project could be completed in the summer of 2016.
If you ever use Washington Avenue, by foot, car, bike or otherwise, you probably have opinions on what needs to be done to make it a safer and more effective road. What improvements would you like to see?