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Safety Improvement Work Continues on Henry Avenue in Philadelphia

02/09/2024

King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that construction will continue on Henry Avenue in Philadelphia as part of a project to improve travel and safety on Henry Avenue within the East Falls and Wissahickon communities.

Motorists are advised of the following travel restrictions:

In addition, Warden Drive will be closed at the Henry Avenue Intersection. To gain access to Warden Drive, southbound Henry Avenue motorists are directed to use School House Lane and Vaux Street, while northbound motorist are directed to use Coulter Street and Vaux Street.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through or near the work area because backups and delays will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

Under this contract, PennDOT's contractor will perform construction to upgrade traffic signals, redesign the highway infrastructure, improve mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists, and address speeding along this 1.6-mile section of Henry Avenue.

New and upgraded traffic signals will be installed at the following intersections: Abbotsford Avenue; the Medical College driveway; Queen Lane; Midvale Avenue; Coulter Street; Schoolhouse Lane; and the Jefferson University driveway.

Additional enhancements include new signing and roadway design features through pavement markings; milling and resurfacing; median widening; and guiderail replacements.

To improve traffic safety, a southbound left turn lane will be added at the Midvale Avenue intersection, and the traffic island at Warden Drive will be enlarged. In addition, vegetative raised center medians will be added south of Abbotsford Avenue, south of the Medical College driveway, and north of Schoolhouse Lane, as well as concrete raised center medians at the Medical College driveway, Queen Lane, and Coulter Street.

To enhance pedestrian and bicyclist mobility, the contract includes the construction of a shared-use bicycle and pedestrian path along the east side of Henry Avenue from Schoolhouse Lane to Walnut Lane.

Other safety enhancements include installing bump-outs, sidewalks, and ADA ramps at the following intersections: Roberts Avenue; Abbotsford Avenue; Medical College driveway; Indian Queen Lane; Bowman Street; Ainslie Street; Tilden Street; Queen Lane; Penn Street; Midvale Avenue; Coulter Street; Warden Drive; Schoolhouse Lane; and the Jefferson University driveway.

The project will also feature additional speed calming measures such as median deflection; high friction surface treatment; orange placards attached to speed limit signs; 35 mph pavement markings; and hidden driveway signs.

This transportation project will also address storm water management through storm drainage; water facility relocation; and green stormwater infrastructure.

PennDOT will maintain traffic on Henry Avenue during construction by utilizing long- term lane shifts and short-term single-lane closures.

A.P. Construction, Inc. of Blackwood, New Jersey is the general contractor on the $12.6 million project, which is financed with 100 percent federal funds. More information on this project is available at www.Penndot.gov/HenryAvePhilly.

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For a complete list of construction projects impacting state-owned highways in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, visit the District 6 Traffic Bulletin.

Information about infrastructure in District 6, including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.pa.gov/D6Results. Find PennDOT's planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov.

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Contact: Robyn Briggs, robbriggs@pa.gov

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