Frankford Avenue Multimodal Study

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An open house was held on March 4, 2020 from 5 PM to 8 PM at King’s Highway Tavern. Attendees voted on strategies to calm traffic and improve safety on Frankford Avenue. You can see the posters presented at the meeting here [314 MB pdf].

Frankford Avenue is one of the main commercial corridors in Northeast Philadelphia, serving both residents and visitors. However, the current configuration of Frankford Avenue allows for high vehicle speeds, has few pedestrian crossings, lacks consistently maintained sidewalks, and has limited infrastructure for bicyclists. There is also minimal stormwater management, an abundance of curb cuts, and commercial loading activity in travel lanes. These factors combine to make the pedestrian experience unpredictable along Frankford Avenue, especially between Cheltenham Avenue and Rhawn Street.

This study will analyze the conditions along Frankford Avenue between Cheltenham Avenue and Rhawn Street with the goal of improving safety and predictability for all users. It will examine opportunities to slow vehicular traffic, improve walkability, mitigate current loading challenges, and enhance safety for all roadway users.

The project will be broken into two phases:

Phase 1: Cottman Triangle (spring 2019)

The plaza at the intersection of Frankford and Cottman Avenues [0.3 MB pdf] serves as a gathering space for residents during special events, which can range in size from small festivals to large gatherings like the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl celebration, when approximately 30,000 fans gathered to celebrate. Given these pedestrian concerns, Phase 1 of the study will focus on multimodal operations and streetscape enhancements at this intersection.

An open house was held on May 30, 2019 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Mayfair Community Center. Attendees learned about upcoming changes to the intersection of Frankford Avenue, Cottman Avenue, and Ryan Avenue, and shared ideas for what else they'd like to see along the corridor. You can see posters presented at the meeting here [9.5 MB pdf].

Phase 2: Frankford Avenue Corridor (summer 2019 to summer 2020)

Beginning in summer 2019, the study broadened its scope to include the Frankford Avenue corridor between Cheltenham Avenue and Rhawn Street. See the complete study area here [0.4 MB pdf].