Council working to improve construction site safety for pedestrians

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 Philadelphia Councilman Mark Squilla has introduced legislation focusing on pedestrian safety in construction areas.(Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia Councilman Mark Squilla has introduced legislation focusing on pedestrian safety in construction areas.(Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

With many large building projects underway, Philadelphia City Council is trying to improve pedestrian safety around construction sites. 

City Councilman Mark Squilla said Thursday a bill that he’s co-sponsored with Councilwoman Helen Gym is designed to make it safer to walk near major construction sites.

Squilla said he wants to protect the public when a sidewalk is shut.

“Whether it’s for canopying the area so pedestrians can walk underneath it,” he said. “If for some reason they have to close the sidewalk or the street, we can inform the public ahead of time therefore making it safe for them to cross.”

The bill is expected to be heard at the next streets and services committee hearing.

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