As the weather heats up, so too does construction on all manner of projects. Not least of which is street resurfacing.
As PlanPhilly reported last week, Philadelphia Streets Department restarted its spring and summer repaving. Streets announced its second batch of streets scheduled for some fresh asphalt late last week.
As this Streetsplainer describes, to repave a street, it must first be milled, meaning the top layers of asphalt will be stripped off, and after a few weeks the milled street will be repaved. Following paving the surface will be striped with traffic lanes. Each street will take 3 to 5 weeks to be resurfaced. During street reconstruction curb ramps will be upgraded and installed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In his budget proposal, Mayor Jim Kenney requested $23.8 million to resurface 55 miles of streets across the city. Last year’s budget of $20.4 million paid for around 85 miles of street resurfacing. As of 2014, 900 miles of Philadelphia’s 2,575 miles of city-maintained streets were on the Streets Department’s paving backlog.
STREETS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN REPAVING THIS WEEK
- 58th Street, from Baltimore Ave. to W. Girard Ave.
- S. 58th Street, from Grays Ave. to Woodland Ave.
- 65th Street, from Race St. to Haverford Ave.
- N. Avondale Street, from Race St. to Vine St.
- N. Simpson Street, from Race St. to Haverford Ave.
- N. Frazier Street, from W. Girard Ave. to W. Thompson St.
- N. 59th Street, from W. Thompson St. to Lansdowne Ave.
- N. Wanamaker Street, from Media St. to Lansdowne Ave.
- East and West Memorial Hall Drive, Parkside Ave. to Avenue of the Republic
- N. 55th Street, from Jefferson St. to Lancaster Ave.
- N. 72nd Street, from City Ave. to Sherwood Rd.
- S. 56th Street, from Lindbergh Blvd. to Eastwick Ave.
- Wyalusing Avenue, from Mantua Ave. to Belmont Ave.
- Jefferson Street, from Lancaster Ave. to N. 56th St.
- Master Street, from N. 57th St. to Haverford Ave.
- Woodbine Avenue, N. 58th St. to Lancaster Ave.
- Sherwood Road, from N. 66th St. to N. 72nd St.