Redesign being proposed for Washington Ave. may make it become less chaotic

A new roadway design could be coming to Washington Avenue that would make the street safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

An admittedly lame screen grab of Washington near 8th. Maybe it shows the emptiness/possibilities or somthing
An admittedly lame screen grab of Washington near 8th. Maybe it shows the street’s vast emptiness, or abundant possibilities, or something

Members of the public will be able to see the road configurations and give input at a public meeting  from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night, Wednesday Oct. 23 at the Mummers Museum at 2nd and Washington.

The City Planning Commission will present its Washington Avenue Roadway Design Study at the meeting. Other topics up for discussion are traffic enforcement and safety, as well as parking and loading conditions (who hasn’t been stuck behind a truck unloading crabs or vegetables around 9th Street?).

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Planning for Washington Avenue’s future has been a popular pastime for civic-minded types in recent years. Back in 2006, Penn design students completed a study: “Sophi: A Downtown Plan for Washington Avenue, South Philadelphia.” In 2011 city planners were awarded a grant to study transportation on Washington Avenue (which could be the reason for tomorrow’s meeting, actually) and last year, the website Next City did a three-part series about the avenue.

Do you plan on attending the meeting? What road improvements would you like to see on Washington?

– Jennifer Lawson, @byjenlawson


5 thoughts on “Redesign being proposed for Washington Ave. may make it become less chaotic

  • October 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Dedicated loading zones (with enforcement) and actual painted road lines/markings would be a start. Its two lanes but you would never know!

    After that (in no particular order of importance)
    – Regrading / Resurfacing
    – Painted Bike Lanes
    – Rumble strips or speed bumps or something near the busiest intersection(s) 9th street for example.

    • October 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Agree. Planning is great, but how about enforcing basic traffic and parking regulations? Why are cars allowed to park in the middle of the Ave on the Eastern portion? Why do trucks and cars get to double and triple park? Why do businesses get to burn rubbish in metal containers in the street, and drive fork lifts like they’re street legal vehicles? Walking through east Wash Ave is like walking through a far away land.

  • October 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Smooth out the road between Front & 9th. Other than that, leave it alone.

    • October 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Re-timing the traffic lights would be my first redesign.

  • November 10, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Washington Ave? A roadway? I thought it was a parking lot for all the meat head contractors and construction idiots. That whole street is a freakin parking lot with no rules or enforcement. They want to fix washington ave, they should start fining the box trucks that litter the street, instead of doing the typical corrupt philly thing, “oh i cant ticket him, he’s joey’s cousin’s uncles’ daughters’ son..”

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