City Avenue District announces completion of Presidential Boulevard project

The City Avenue District has announced the completion of the Presidential Boulevard improvement project in Bala Cynwyd. Upgrades include a mid-block pedestrian crosswalk and bike lanes. (Photo courtesy of City Ave District.)

The City Avenue Special Services District Monday announced completion of a re-design of Presidential Boulevard.  The project, in partnership with Lower Merion Township, includes a mid-block pedestrian crosswalk, allowing pedestrians on the east side of Presidential Boulevard to access the west side and City Avenue; the addition of shoulders with bike lanes and a center turning lane; and milling, paving and striping, according to a press release.

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The results have been transformative for Presidential Boulevard, making it safer for motorists and pedestrians alike. The Presidential Boulevard Project is part of a long term Streetscape and Safety Improvement Program of The City Ave District.

“The goal of all the improvement projects is to create multi-modal access and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and people of all abilities, “commented Terrence Foley, CEO & President of The City Ave District.  “These initiatives are helping to create a welcoming environment in The District.”

“Our goals for this project included the improvement of both traffic and pedestrian safety on Presidential Boulevard, with the three-lane configuration and pedestrian crosswalk,” said Bob Duncan, Assistant Township Manager. “We are happy to see this project completed, and are confident our partnership here with the City Avenue District will result in improved conditions on this street.”

The City Ave District was recently awarded a $986,715 grant from PennDOT to help improve lighting on City Avenue New lighting will enhance motorist visibility of pedestrians on streets and sidewalks, and overall pedestrian safety.

About the City Ave District
The City Avenue Special Services District (City Ave District) works with businesses, property owners, developers, and residents to shape the future of this important corridor. This is a unique partnership between the City of Philadelphia and the Township of Lower Merion. Spanning across Philadelphia and Lower Merion Townships in Montgomery County, the District is the first multi-jurisdictional special services or business improvement district in North America. For more information, visit www.cityAvenueorg.

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