Two-way traffic will return to Philly’s Princeton Avenue

A major Northeast Philadelphia thoroughfare is being changed due to improvements on Interstate 95.

Princeton Avenue, between Torresdale Avenue and State Road, for decades has been the way to enter I-95. Now that the entrance is on State Road, PennDOT’s Gene Blaum said Princeton Avenue will become a two-way street.

The aim, Blaum said, is to slow down traffic.

“The purpose is to turn Princeton into more of a residential street, rather than just a throughway to an interstate highway ramp,” he said.

This is the second major street to become two-way in the area; Cottman Avenue was changed earlier this year.

“Back in the summer, Cottman Avenue, which was previously a one-way westbound street, was transferred into a two-way pattern,” Blaum said. “One lane eastbound, two lanes westbound.”

Blaum said the work is part of a $31 million plan to improve the interstate and the area of the interchange. The work is expected to be completed this year.

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