Regional trail network, The Circuit, continues it expansion with the opening of 58th Street Greenway

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On June 8, 2013, Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler was joined by State Senator Anthony Williams, State Representative Ronald Waters and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, as they celebrated the new, 1.5-mile, 58th Street Greenway, which connects Cobbs Creek Park with the historic Bartram’s Garden in Southwest Philadelphia. The opening of this new segment of trail continues the expansion of The Circuit, the region’s developing trail network which is aiming to connect 750 miles of trails across Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey, more than 250 of which have already been completed.

Greenworks Philadelphia identifies the expansion of active transportation and green space as actions to make Philadelphia the greenest city in America. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities and Streets Department to spearhead the effort to create a safer, more attractive and more vibrant corridor for all residents and businesses around 58th Street.

The design of the Greenway has been well-received from the community and the results of the project are significant, safer intersections and pedestrian crossings, nicer sidewalks, better bus stops, and the addition of bike lanes. Improvements from this project include safety features such as 12 new curb bumpouts, 32 new pedestrian count down timers, and 40 new pedestrian-scaled lampposts as well as dozens of trail warning signs and pavement markings. A rain garden and tree trench were created along the trail that will collect water during rain storms, contributing to improved water quality in the region’s rivers. The 58th Street Greenway also includes about 75 new trees which were planted by the Parks and Recreation Department.

“Great infrastructure that serves residents however they want to travel. I am thrilled that the City was able to partner with the neighborhood, PEC, the Streets Department, and the US Department of Transportation neighborhood to make these improvements,” said Deputy Mayor Cutler.

“The 58th Street Greenway is a very significant investment in Southwest Philadelphia that in direct response to residents’ requests dramatically enhances nighttime lighting, improves safety at crosswalks, and provides direct connections to important parks such as Cobbs Creek Park and Bartram’s Garden,” said Patrick Starr, Executive Vice President for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Southeast Region. “PEC’s intention is to enhance transportation and recreation options and facilitate active healthy lifestyles in Southwest Philadelphia.”

Date Posted: 
Sat, 2013-06-08