A smattering of Big Belly trash cans were placed along part of West Passyunk last weekend, just as PennDot started on the final phase of repaving the avenue.
Jess Gould of the West Passyunk Neighbors Association said that the solar-powered trash cans appeared last weekend in six locations along West Passyunk between 19th and 24th.
Now, WPNA is waiting to hear whether more will be installed between Broad and 18th, which seems like a no-brainer. We reached out to Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s office to see what the plans are but haven’t heard back.
Besides trash, West Passyunk is being repaved, which is the final step in PennDot’s makeover of the street. As we told you back in May, PennDot rebuilt nearly every intersection between Broad and I-76 to make the avenue more pedestrian friendly. Huge intersections were shrank to make crossing easier, pedestrian signals were added, and the lights were better timed to improve traffic flow. The repaving should be completed within two months.
The Newbold CDC and WPNA also got together to start planting some greenery in the new traffic islands at some of the bigger intersections. Gould says more planting is coming in the next few weeks at the island at 16th Street next to the Melrose Diner and at the Wolf/Lambert intersection.
Looks like things are looking up for West Passyunk.