Bullock announces state funding to improve pedestrian safety in 195th District

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., today announced that state funding for the Philadelphia Streets Department has been approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

The Philadelphia Streets Department will receive a state grant in the amount of $436,340 to conduct Phase 2 pedestrian safety improvements on Pennsylvania Avenue located near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is located in Bullock’s district. The grant will be used for roadway improvements, street lighting, pavement markings, and traffic signal improvements. The total project cost is $4,070,498.

“The area near the Philadelphia Art Museum is a very busy part of my district,” Bullock said. “I have spoken with countless residents on the need to increase safe pedestrian crosswalks and transportation delineation. This state grant will allow us to do just that.”

The project is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, from 27th to Judson streets. Bullock said Pennsylvania Avenue is a wide and busy street that serves as a main corridor for many pedestrians from the mixed-use urban area north of the roadway to the greenspace, museums, and trail systems to the south. Current conditions include wide pedestrian crossings, multiple conflict points for the various modes of travel, and opportunities for illegal parking. The goal of the project is to improve the multimodal traffic flow in the area and create a safe pedestrian connection between the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building and the main building via realigned Fairmount Avenue, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Kelly Drive.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority administers and finances economic development projects and is an independent agency created by the legislature. The agency oversees the state’s Building PA, Business in Our Sites, PennWorks, New PA Venture, Capitol Investment, New Pennsylvania VENTURE Guarantee, Tax Increment Financing Guarantee, Second Stage Loan and other programs. These programs are aimed at using targeted state investments for economic development in all regions of the state.

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