August 01, 2017
When Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney unveiled the city's first two-way protected bike lane last fall, the mile-long stretch in Mayfair marked the beginning of an initiative to construct 30 miles of cyclist-friendly roadway in the coming years.
Over the next few weeks, the Philadelphia Streets Department will take another step by addressing safety along a chronically dangerous swath of Chestnut Street in West Philadelphia.
Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced this week that construction has begun on roadway safety improvements along Chestnut Street from 45th to 34th streets, including Philadelphia's first one-way parking protected bicycle lane.
Intermittent lane closures will be in effect over the next three weeks as the project is completed.
The Chestnut Street Transportation Project is funded through the Pennsylvania 2015 Multimodal Transportation Fund Department of Community and Economic Development.