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June 11, 2020

Philly to begin resurfacing 22nd Street, add protected bike lane

Work will begin Monday and continue through the end of July

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Bike Lane 22nd Street Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

Philadelphia's 22nd Street is considered a Vision Zero High Injury Network corridor, meaning there is a higher-than-average rate of severe crashes. Planned improvements include a protected bike lane like the one above.

An upcoming road resurfacing project will bring a protected bike lane to 22nd Street and add several safety improvements between Snyder Avenue and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 

The Philadelphia Streets Department plans for the work to begin Monday and continue in phases through July. The project will include temporary street closures and may be impacted by weather and special events.

Below are some of the key features of the project:

• Resurfacing and restriping 22nd Street, Snyder Avenue to Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

• Moving the bicycle lane from the right side to the left side of street.

• Installing a protected bike lane with a parking buffer from Washington Street to South Street and with flexible delineator posts from South Street to Market Street.

• Installing new intersection treatments to designate bicycle and vehicle space in the roadway.

The city selected 22nd Street for improvements because it was labeled a Vision Zero High Injury Network corridor, with a higher rate of severe crashes than an average Philadelphia street.

The goals of the project include reducing the number of crashes that occur between right-turning vehicles and bicyclists. The city also aims to smooth out conflict points between SEPTA buses and bicyclists. 

“Protected bicycle lanes serve more potential riders than painted bicycle lanes,” said Kelley Yemen, director of the Philadelphia's Office of Complete Streets. “Protected bicycle lanes will allow for more Philadelphians, not just the bold or athletic, to use a bicycle for transportation and recreation. Research shows that many people who would like to bicycle, but don’t, are concerned about potential vehicle bicycle conflicts.”

Road surfacing will be completed in three phases – street milling, the adjustment of manhole covers and resetting of utility boxes, and final paving. All work will be performed between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

Operations for the milling work, the removal of old asphalt, is expected to last approximately 1-2 days per block. 

Work for adjusting manhole covers and resetting utility boxes is expected to last about one week per block.

Operations for the final paving is expected to last approximately 1-2 days per block.

"No Parking" signs will be posted in advance of scheduled work. Cars will be subject to towing if they are not removed from work areas during the hours specified on the signs. Parking will be allowed in these areas during non-work hours.

If a car is towed, residents should contact their local police district to determine its location. The work will run through the First, Ninth an 17th districts. 

The project is being completed by James J. Anderson Construction Co, Inc. and is funded by the city and federal government.