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AFC Construction Update: Spring 2018

Feb 26, 2018

Utility Work Underway on Richmond Street

March 2018 -- Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) is installing a new gas main under Richmond Street as part of the reconstruction and improvement of Richmond Street between Ann Street and Westmoreland Street (I-95/AF1). 

Philadelphia Water (PWD), PECO and other utilities will upgrade subsurface lines on Richmond Street in 2018 to set the stage for PennDOT to begin rebuild the roadway by early 2019.

In 2019, Richmond Street will be widened by two feet from Ann Street to Allegheny Avenue, with the northbound and southbound travel lanes each being widened by one foot.  As a result, the reconstructed sidewalks may be two feet narrower on the east side of the street. 

The roadway and SEPTA Route 15 trolley tracks and catenary poles all will be reconstructed from Ann Street to Westmoreland Street, and new ornamental pedestrian-scale street lighting (or conventional street lights on wooden poles) will be installed and street trees will be planted where possible.

Also, Melvale Street will be widened to create additional on-street parking in the project area.

The Richmond Street project is the first stage in the larger reconstruction of I-95 between Allegheny Avenue and Frankford Creek (I-95/AFC).