DeLissio: Contract awarded for Henry Avenue Safety Improvement Plan

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 4 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a nearly $12.9 million contract for the first segment of the Henry Avenue Safety Improvement Plan. This study began in 2012, is paid for entirely with federal funds and had significant community input over a five-year period.

PennDOT has awarded the contract to Road-Con Inc. of West Chester, Chester County, to implement calming measures designed to encourage decreased speed, redesign the highway infrastructure, improve mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists and to upgrade traffic signals along the 3.2-mile section of Henry Avenue, between Port Royal Avenue and the Wissahickon Creek Bridge (Barnes Street).

“This is an important step in the efforts to improve safety on Henry Avenue. Citizen input has been a crucial part of the process, and I’m grateful to everyone who has participated and offered feedback,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “I’m eager for work to begin and I continue to encourage drivers to slow down and drive responsibly now and while construction takes place.”

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2021 and finish in late 2023. PennDOT plans to maintain traffic on Henry Avenue during construction through long-term lane shifts and short-term single-lane closures.

Due to the level of community involvement, the plan was divided in two segments; SIP runs from Port Royal Avenue to the Wissahickon Creek Bridge, and SI2 is from the bridge to Abbottsford Avenue. A list of the meetings hosted by DeLissio is available here.

A link to the full study can be found here.

SI2 is expected to be bid in winter 2020-21, with construction starting late spring/early summer 2021.

DeLissio discussed the Henry Avenue Safety Improvement Plan during her virtual 101st Town Hall meeting held November 24th, which can be viewed on her Facebook page.