The Central Corridor project includes the intersections with Sassafras Street Extension, State Street, and Holland Street. This is just one of several projects developed out of the Bayfront Parkway Study. Other projects proposed by the study include the East Bayfront Project that is planned for construction in 2024, and future improvements on West Bayfront that are still in the early stages of design.
No, the project is not designed to increase traffic volumes. It is designed to handle the predicted changes in traffic volume due to private developments along the Bayfront Parkway, such as the construction of retail shops and destination businesses. The anticipated traffic volume for the roadway in 2043 is 28,937 ADT (average daily traffic), which considers the devolvement plans and historic growth rate data. The proposed roadway improvements can adequately handle this traffic volume.
No, the selected alternative is designed to minimize impacts to adjacent properties and no relocations are necessary. The Bayfront Parkway will remain one lane each direction within the project limits with additional turn lanes at each intersection.
The overall plan started with work on supplement projects - Soldiers' and Sailors' Home Access Improvements (completed) and the 12th Street Traffic Signal Enhancements (completed). Additionally, work will be done at the intersection with Cranberry Street and in the area of Sixth Street in 2024.
The contract for work on the Bayfront Parkway Central Corridor is to be awarded in late summer 2023.
Due to the size and complexity of the project, it will be completed in multiple phases over several years. Work is expected to start in fall 2023 at the Sassafras Street Extension intersection. Work will finish there in 2024 and work will start at the State Street intersection. In 2025, work is likely to be focused on finishing at State Street and getting things underway at the Holland Street intersection. Work at Holland will continue in 2026. Finishing work throughout the entire project area is likely to happen in 2027. This timeline was developed during the design phase of the project and could be altered by the contractor after the contract is awarded.
Additional information on the timeline and the supplementary projects is available at www.PennDOT.gov/District1.