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Delaware Avenue / Columbus Boulevard. Philadelphia, PA.

WRA completed a comprehensive corridor study along Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront to create a Complete Street, ensuring excellent pedestrian and bicycle access to and along the riverfront.

The firm conducted a comprehensive audit of all signals in the corridor, culminating in retiming recommendations for the busiest part of Delaware Avenue / Columbus Boulevard. Opportunities to enhance pedestrian crossings—curb extensions, median islands, and retiming of WALK phases—were recommended. Missing sidewalk connections from Columbus Boulevard to pedestrian destinations were identified. Bus stop locations were reviewed and recommendations were made to relocate several stops. Opportunities for signal-related safety improvements were also identified.

At the major intersections at Washington Avenue and I-95 ramps, the study identified potential lane use changes that would better accommodate heavy turn movements and improve intersection operations without road widening. A recommendation, since implemented, was also made to convert a section of Callowhill Street from one-way to two-way operations to provide an additional route choice for motorists traveling from the waterfront to Center City.

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