PROJECT INFORMATION

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Cottman Avenue Streetscape project aims to improve safety, mobility, and access for people traveling along Cottman Avenue between Castor Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard. This project does not include the intersections of Cottman Avenue with Castor Avenue or Roosevelet Boulevard as these intersections are included in other improvement projects.

The project began in 2018 and is currently in the preliminary design phase. In order to get to this phase, the project team took the following steps:

  • Worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Philadelphia Water Department, and other city agencies to develop plans and designs for the roadway.

  • Hosted two public meetings, met with property owners, and engaged with other stakeholders to discuss opportunities, challenges, and desired streetscape improvements as well as hear feedback on plans and designs.

  • Coordinated with Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) on bus stop and bus shelter placement.

For more information about the project and to learn about the proposed improvements, please view the documents below. You are also encouraged to actively participate by emailing any questions or comments to CottmanAveProject@Phila.gov.

Project Overview

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FAST FACTS

The Fast Facts document provides additional details about the Cottman Avenue Streetscape project, including a list of potential improvements and project sponsors.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

The Project Schedule lists major project milestones and meetings throughout the conceptual, preliminary design, final design, and construction phases (2018 to 2023).

WHAT IS A STREETSCAPE?

The Streetscape Overview document describes the elements of a typical streetscape and lists key considerations for planning and designing streetscape projects.

ROADWAY CHARACTERISTICS

The Roadway Characteristics document describes two sections of the study area: (1) Castor Avenue to Bustleton Avenue and (2) Bustleton Avenue to Roosevelt Boulevard.

Stormwater Management

GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) is an approach to managing stormwater runoff in ways that mimic the natural environment as much as possible. Learn more by visiting Philadelphia Water Department's website.

TREE TRENCHES

A stormwater tree trench is a system of trees connected by an underground structure designed to store and filter water during storms or as snow melts. Learn more by visiting Philadelphia Water Department's website.

PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS

SECTION 1 (Castor to Bustleton) PLAN

The Section 1 Plan shows proposed improvements between Castor Avenue and Bustleton Avenue, including upgrades to traffic signals, a new signal near Northeast Regional Library, center medians, new street trees, and more.

SECTION 2 (Bustleton to Roosevelt Blvd) PLAN

The Section 2 Plan shows proposed improvements between Bustleton Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard, including upgrades to traffic signals, center medians, crosswalks, new street trees, and more.

SECTION 1 (Castor to Bustleton) TYPICAL CROSS-SECTION

The Section 1 Cross-Section shows the typical dimensions and configuration of the roadway and sidewalks between Castor Avenue and Bustleton Avenue. Please refer to the section plan for details related to locations of lighting and sidewalk treatments.

SECTION 2 (Bustleton to Roosevelt Blvd) TYPICAL CROSS-SECTION

The Section 2 Cross-Section shows the typical dimensions and configuration of the roadway and sidewalks between Bustleton Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard. Please refer to the section plan for details related to the locations of lighting and sidewalk treatments.

RENDERING: NEW SIGNAL AT LIBRARY (1) Looking North

A new signal and crosswalk are proposed near Northeast Regional Library and Health Center 10 in Section 1. This rendering shows a view of the improvements from the library side of Cottman Avenue looking toward the mall side. These improvements were identified because a significant number of people were observed crossing the street at this unsignalized location.

RENDERING: NEW SIGNAL AT LIBRARY (2) Looking Southeast

This rendering illustrates the same proposed improvements near Northeast Regional Library, but the view is from the mall side looking toward the library.

RENDERING: HORROCKS STREET

This rendering shows proposed improvements at Horrocks Street in Section 1, including upgrades to crosswalks, new traffic signals, and a center median.

RENDERING: RUPERT STREET

This rendering shows proposed improvements at
Rupert Street in Section 2, including upgrades to crosswalks, new traffic signals, and a center median.

Connections and Mobility

BICYCLE CONNECTIONS

This map shows existing bicycle facilities in surrounding neighborhoods. Large Street and Leonard Street have been identified as potential bike connections to Cottman Avenue from existing bike lanes on Tyson Avenue.

RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC OPERATIONS

This graphic shows the results of an analysis to assess the impacts of the new signal at Northeast Regional Library on rush hour traffic. The analysis found that travel times will be similar traveling both directions during morning and evening peaks, with less than a one-minute difference in travels times through the corridor.


Questions or Comments?

Please submit questions and comments to: CottmanAveProject@Phila.gov