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Phase II Complete in $10 Million City Avenue Improvement Project

Investment by The City Avenue Special Services District Focuses on Safety and Vibrancy of Area

The City Avenue Special Services District today announced that Phase II of its long-term Streetscape and Safety Improvement Program is now complete. The goal of these improvements is to enhance the overall safety and vibrancy along the City Ave corridor, while also creating multi-modal access for pedestrians, bicyclists and people of all abilities.

Phase II work focused on enhancements to pedestrian safety and traffic calming, including the installation of thermal pedestrian detection, critical improvements to crosswalks such as five-second lead intervals for pedestrians, visibly improved stamped crosswalks and solar-powered flashing beacons, and the installation of dynamic speed feedback “Speedminder” signs. Stormwater collection and drainage improvements, along with intersection upgrades were also completed.

“Normally, between the numerous business parks, residential communities and two college campuses, City Avenue is accessed and enjoyed daily by several thousand pedestrians,” said Terrence Foley, CEO & President of The City Ave District. “It’s critical to the District’s continued success and increased vitality that we’re doing all we can to provide a welcoming and safe experience.”

Phase II was a $5.1 million investment and was completed in January 2021. Phase II is financed [in part] by grants and matching funds from: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Financing Authority, PennDOT, The City of Philadelphia, Saint Joseph's University, Montgomery County and the City Avenue Special Services District.

Work for the Streetscape and Safety Improvement of the City Ave District project began August 2016 and was implemented to address a series of traffic and pedestrian safety issues that had plagued the area for decades, including heavy traffic volumes, intersections operating a low service levels and a high number of reported motor vehicle accidents. The work completed in Phase I and II has so far proven to be transformative for those that work and live in the area.

“We’re continuing to see walkability as a huge selling point for our residents,” said Connor Woodward, President and CEO of Woodward Properties, a property management firm with three residential apartment locations on City Avenue. “One of the defining characteristics of a walkable neighborhood is good pedestrian design. This includes bright lighting, plenty of sidewalk space for people to walk or ride their bikes and smart traffic designs that help people feel safe. The City Ave Special Services District has done a tremendous job investing in the walkability of the area and making it an attractive place to work, live and entertain.”

The final Phase III of the Streetscape and Safety Improvement of the City Ave District project will kick off in spring 2021 with an expected completion date of fall 2021.

About the City Ave District The City Avenue Special Services District (City Ave District) works with businesses, property owners, developers, and residents to shape the future of this important corridor. This is a unique partnership between the City of Philadelphia and the Township of Lower Merion. Spanning across Philadelphia and Lower Merion Townships in Montgomery County, the District is the first multi-jurisdictional special services or business improvement district in North America. For more information, visit


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