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To reduce traffic deaths, city to create new bike lane crew

For years now, cyclists and traffic safety advocates have pushed for funds to reduce traffic deaths in Philadelphia from nearly one hundred a year to zero. The campaign’s brand is Vision…

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Council advances bill aimed at unblocking sidewalks

On Friday, Philadelphia City Council’s streets committee advanced a bill to address a frustration for Philadelphians: sidewalks shut down by nearby construction. Blocked sidewalks are one of those “good problems” for…

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Is your street next? The list of streets to be repaved next week

With the regularity of the Jersey Shore’s tides, I get an email every Friday from the Philadelphia Streets Department with this headline: STREET IMPROVEMENT WORK SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEK OF [NEXT…

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Will they ever repave my street? Maybe! Check out this week’s resurfacing list

As someone who occasionally drinks too much on Thursday evenings, I’ve come to rely on the Philadelphia Streets Department’s Friday morning release of next week’s street repaving schedule, not unlike how…

    • South 13th Street puddle, Photo by Philadelphia Photos

Is your potholed-filled street on the list? Repaving seasons rolls on

It’s a springtime Friday in Philadelphia, which means callow lovers are making reservations at La Viola, cultured skinflints are planning First Friday gallery hops, and pop-up proprietors are wondering if it’ll…

    • Milled road reveals trolley track and cobblestone street buried below the asphalt.

Philadelphia Streets Department announces second round of road resurfacing

As the weather heats up, so too does construction on all manner of projects. Not least of which is street resurfacing. As PlanPhilly reported last week, Philadelphia Streets Department restarted…

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Is your street on the list? Street paving season kicks off this week

Despite Tuesday’s unseasonable cold, spring is here and with it comes street paving season. The Philadelphia Streets Department released its first set of targets for resurfacing late last week. Work will…

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Who owns the streets of Philadelphia? It’s complicated...

Who owns the streets of Philadelphia? If you were like me, you would probably say, “Bruce Springsteen” and grin smugly, as though this wasn’t the millionth time someone made…

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Philadelphia Streets Under Pressure: A recap and resource kit

Under pressure. So describes the state of Philadelphia’s streets, where the competing interests of drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and delivery trucks often boil over into shouting matches and recriminations. As with anything…

    • Manhole covers will be reset before resurfacing.

Streets Dept. begins large Center City repaving project

The Philadelphia Streets Department announced Monday that it would begin resurfacing a score (and three) streets across Center City starting last night, including the pock-marked stretches surrounding Washington and Rittenhouse Squares. …

    • Bus Stop Pad at 7th and Chestnut St./Jim Saksa, PlanPhilly

Streetsplainer: What’s with those concrete pads in front of bus stops?

In front of some SEPTA bus stops, you might have a concrete pad in place of the usual stretch of potholes and asphalt. What are those things, and why are they…

    • Manhole covers will be reset before resurfacing.

Streetsplaining: Why resurfacing means a dozen days of dimpled roads

To bicyclists, road repaving feels a lot like pledging a fraternity: it’s a real pain in the ass for a bit and then three or four years of smooth sailing. And…

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