Dangerous Philly highway subject of discussions this week

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Family members react as they watch investigators at the scene of a fatal accident on Roosevelt Boulevard in the Olney section of Philadelphia on Tuesday evening July 16

Family members react as they watch investigators at the scene of a fatal accident on Roosevelt Boulevard in the Olney section of Philadelphia on Tuesday evening July 16

Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia, which carries Route 1 from the Bucks County line to the Schuylkill River, can be deadly for pedestrians and drivers alike.  

Hearings will begin Tuesday evening on ideas for making the 12-lane roadway safer.

The three planned workshops will be an opportunity to talk honestly about the dangerous roadway, said Bob Previdi of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

“The city is trying to take a good hard look at what is going on with  Roosevelt Boulevard and chart the future,: he said. “Not simply plan what the roadway is going to look in 20 years, but what can be done now with a relatively small budget.”

The discussions area a great way for ordinary people to make suggestions, Previdi said.

“Anything that can make improvement to the roadway insofar as reducing speeds, having drivers slow down and follow the speed limits so there are less crashes,” he said.

Schedule

WORKSHOP 1

Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m.

Waterfall Room, 2791 Southampton Road, Philadelphia

Discuss ideas for solutions on the Boulevard, between Pennypack Park and the Neshaminy Mall

Served by SEPTA bus routes 1, 14 and 84

Russian and Spanish interpretation will be available

WORKSHOP 2

Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m.

Regal Ballroom, 5411 Oxford Ave., Philadelphia

Discuss ideas for solutions on the Boulevard, between Pratt Street and Pennypack Park

Served by SEPTA bus routes R, 1, 8, 19, 24, 59 and 67

Chinese and Spanish interpretation will be available

WORKSHOP 3

Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m.

Little Flower High School, 1000 W. Lycoming St., Philadelphia

Discuss ideas for solutions on the Boulevard, between Broad Street and Pratt Street

Served by SEPTA bus routes R, 4, 16, 53, 56 and Broad Street Line (Hunting Park)

Chinese and Spanish interpretation will be available

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