Philly gets a $25M federal grant to improve safety on some of its most dangerous streets

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Federal money is on the way to help improve safety on some of the city’s most dangerous roads in some of the poorest neighborhoods of North and West Philadelphia. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey announced the grant on Thursday.

Philadelphia is getting a federal grant of $25 million to install medians, upgrade lighting, modernize signals and improve safety on seven of its most dangerous corridors on what the city calls its High Injury Network.

In 2020, 150 people died in traffic crashes in Philadelphia. The city says 80% of its deaths and serious injuries from traffic accidents happen on just 12% of its streets.

Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the money will be used to advance the city’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths by the year 2030.

“Twenty-five million will do terrific things in neighborhoods that are experiencing this kind of high-speed, high accident and safety issues,” said Mayor Jim Kenney.

The mayor emphasized that the grant is designated for roads in historically disadvantaged communities — “equitably selected areas of the city that are experiencing higher [numbers of] traffic accidents and fatalities.”

The mayor said he appreciated the efforts of Casey and the city’s congressional delegation.

Among the high-crash corridors are Tioga Street from 5th to 15th streets and 11th Street between Master and Diamond streets in North Philadelphia, and Springfield Avenue from 51st to 57th streets in West Philadelphia.

The full list

North Philadelphia
—Tioga Street between 5th to 15th streets
—11th Street between Master to Diamond streets
—Limekiln Pike from Medary Avenue to Haines Street
—Longshore Avenue from Roosevelt Boulevard to Frontenac Street

West Philadelphia
—Westminster Avenue between 40th to 52nd streets
—Springfield Avenue between 51st to 57th streets
—North 57th Street from Upland Way to Wynnefield Avenue

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