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9 Philly transportation projects receive $5.3M in funding

Safer streets, more Indego bikes, and new public spaces

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 27:  Philadelphia Bikeshare bicycles downtown on Market Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 27, 2016.  (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
Philly received $5.3 million in state funding that will go toward multimodal transportation projects.
Photo by Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

A whole bunch of transportation-related projects in Pennsylvania were just awarded $59 million, including nine planned for Philly.

The funding comes from the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), which will financially support multi-modal transit projects that aim to improve infrastructure, transportation, and the economy. A total of 112 projects in 36 counties received funding, and the nine-Philly based projects were awarded $5.3 million total.

"These funds will allow Philadelphia to address key transportation needs like pedestrian and bike safety and enhanced transit amenities,” said Michael Carroll, Deputy Managing Director for the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems in a statement.

Here are the nine Philly projects that received funding:

Logan Pointe Streetscape, Public Transportation & Pedestrian ($1.2 million)

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority received the largest sum out of all nine projects to make improvements to the Logan Triangle area in North Philly. The logan Pointe project in general aims to redevelop the land and improve access in the area of Ninth Street and Wyoming Avenue.

Indego Bike Share For New Philadelphia Residents ($138,439)

Philly’s bikeshare program will keep growing, using these funds to add four more Indego bikeshare stations to the city.

Improvements at Summerdale & Adams and Roosevelt Boulevard ($500,000)

The Philadelphia City Treasurer Streets Department was awarded half a million dollars to make some upgrades and improvements to this complicated intersection along Roosevelt Boulevard, which is undergoing its own safety improvements.

Vision Zero: Safer Streets Around Schools ($500,000)

After unveiling its three-year plan to and eliminate traffic deaths by 2030, Vision Zero will put this $500,000 toward making the streets around the city’s schools safer. According to a Vision Zero survey, 53 percent of Philadelphians said they don’t feel that their children can walk safely to schools or parks in their neighborhood.

NKCDC staff powerwashing sidewalk on Frankford Avenue under Lehigh Viaduct this month.

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Lehigh Viaduct Underpass Revitalization ($215,290)

The Olde Richmond Civic Association is the organization behind this $215K grant to revitalize the area beneath the Lehigh Viaduct, which was once the Port Richmond branch of the New York & Pennsylvania Railroad. But it has been underutilized for a long time and the area around has suffered from it.

Pennsylvania Avenue, Phase 2 ($436,340)

More pedestrian safety improvements are in the works for the area of Pennsylvania Avenue by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Century Park at Park Towne Place ($848,485)

Plans to build a park at apartment community Park Towne Place on the Parkway just nabbed nearly $850,000. Parke Towne Place has been undergoing a major overhaul over the past couple of years—the Century Park is just another piece of the puzzle, though it’s spearheaded by the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department. The park will be located in front of one of the apartment towers.

Market East Headhouse ($376,736)

As part of the $600 million East Market mixed-use project, developer National Real Estate Development will use these funds to replace headhouse and bus stop at East Market.

St Joseph's University Community Access Project ($500,000)

The local university was awarded half a million dollars for its community access project.

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