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  • 02 Aug 2019 2:53 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Ed Hille - Inquirer Photographer

    Ed Hille - Inquirer Photographer

    The Chestnut Street bridge over the Schuylkill is closing next week, and it won't be open to traffic again for a year.

    The bridge needs repairs, including repairing and repainting the steel superstructure and replacing the deck. The structure also will be upgraded with a bike lane, wider sidewalks, and decorative railings. 

    For more information, click or tap here.

  • 02 Aug 2019 1:47 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    This is the newly repaved Pine Street, everyone in their lane and traffic moving smoothly (for now). Isn't it beautiful? No potholes, clean and clearly marked lanes.  

    However, Spruce Street at our end of town is another matter because of much-despised utility coordination. The 1500 block of Spruce Street is scheduled to be complete by September 7, 2019, and the four blocks between 18th and 21st Street will take longer. Please click or tap here for detailed information in the City's press release. 

  • 19 Jul 2019 11:32 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    City to Address Congestion on Chestnut Street through engineering and enforcement


    "You can't get there from here!" I used to say that when trying to describe how to get to Glenside or some other suburban community without easy car access (forget mass transit!). But now you can pretty accurately say that when trying to get across town. The City has a plan to address some of the most egregious congestion, on Chestnut Street, through better curbside management and bus operations, and in August will work with SEPTA and DVRPC on the Chestnut Street Loading Pilot Project .   On July 11, CCRA executive committee members voted to support this  Pilot Project.  Attached is a flyer concerning the pilot and the letter of support sent to Chris Puchalsky, PhD, Director of Policy and Strategic Studies, oTIS.  CCRA looks forward to continuing cooperation with oTIS as the Chestnut Street Congestion is addressed.

  • 27 Jun 2019 11:08 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    During the summer, CCRA will be making a couple of changes to make joining and/or renewing your membership, donating, and registering for events easier.

    New Payment System

    CCRA will no longer use PayPal as our credit card processor for joining, renewing, donating, and registering for events online. Credit card processing will be handled directly through our website.

    CCRA now offers recurring charges

    Beginning July 1, CCRA will offer annual recurring charges to your membership for credit card users. If you do not wish to have this feature, you will have to change the setting to opt out when your membership is due for renewal. If you are having trouble, please contact our Operations Manager, Travis Oliver via email. If you choose not to pay by credit card, we will continue to accept checks.

  • 21 Jun 2019 11:23 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The first, Bill 190312 introduced by Councilmember Johnson, who represents the southern portion of CCRA's territory, changed the zoning designations of properties between South Street and Spruce Street, and between the Schuylkill River and Broad Street. The Bill embodies the recommendations of the CCRA Remapping Committee which, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Planning Commission held three public review sessions regarding this proposal. 

    The second, Bill 190313, sponsored by our two District Council representatives Kenyatta Johnson and Darrell Clarke,restricted the Fresh Food Market Bonus of increased height and density and decreased parking to retail grocers utilizing a minimum of 5000 square feet, a requirement that should limit it's impact on the CCRA neighborhood.

  • 01 Aug 2018 4:30 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Feet First Philly is Philadelphia’s pedestrian advocacy group and a project of the Clean Air Council. Feet First Philly raises awareness of issues facing pedestrians in the City of Philadelphia including improving the pedestrian environment, protecting the rights of pedestrians, and encouraging walking as a mode of transportation, as well as for exercise and recreation.

    Feet First Philly leads multiple advocacy projects including the #NotaParkingSpot campaign on Twitter. The campaign calls for better enforcement around parking on sidewalks and crosswalks, and empowers pedestrians to document illegal parking in their neighborhood. Because it leads to unsafe crossing of intersections and forces pedestrians into traffic, parking illegally can end in serious injury and even loss of life. Feet First Philly’s goal is to make Philadelphia’s streets safe and accessible for everyone.

    Feet First Philly also leads organized walks, keeps a monthly walking calendar, conducts walk audits, and is a member of the Vision Zero Alliance, working to end traffic deaths in Philadelphia.

    Are you interested in getting involved with Feet First Philly? Do you want to stay informed of our work or volunteer with us? Email us at today! Learn more about Feet First Philly at

  • 26 Jul 2018 12:26 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)
    PHILADELPHIA – Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today that evening street improvement work in the Center City area beginning Monday, July 23 at 7p.m. The work is expected to be completed by early August. Weather or special events in the area may alter the work schedule. Work will be completed in separate phases – street milling, the adjustment of manhole covers, and the resetting of utility boxes. Operations for the milling work will be performed between 7p.m. and 5a.m. Milling of each street segment is expected to last approximately 1-2 nights per street. Work for the adjustment of manhole covers and the resetting of utility boxes will be scheduled during the day, between the hours of 7a.m. and 4p.m., and is expected to last approximately 1-2 days per street. Schedule of operations for the final paving of these streets will be announced when the schedule is available.

    The contractor will perform street improvement operations on the following streets: • N. 22nd Street, from Market Street to Winter Street • Ludlow Street, from S. 19th Street to S. 21st Street • Moravian Street, from S. Broad Street to S. 16th Street • Stock Exchange Place, from S. 16th Street to S. 18th Street • N. 17th Street, from Cherry Street to Callowhill Street • Franklin Town Boulevard, from N. 17th Street to Vine Street • Cherry Street, from N. Mole Street to N. 17th Street • Race Street, from N. 9th Street to N. Broad Street • N. 10th Street, from Filbert Street to Race Street • Cherry Street, from N. 10th Street to N. 11th Street • Lombard Street, from S. 2nd Street to S. 9th Street • N. 2nd Street, from Callowhill Street to Fairmount Avenue

    To complete the work, motorists should expect parking restrictions. temporary ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted in advance of each scheduled activity. Motorists are urged to move their cars from the work sites when temporary ‘No Parking’ signs are posted, so that vehicles are not towed. In the event a car is towed, please contact your local Police District to determine its location. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling around the work areas. The work is being completed by Tony DePaul & Son. The project is being financed with 100% City Capital Budget Funds. While the Streets Department will make every effort to minimize disruption to traffic, citizens are urged to plan ahead and use alternative routes when traveling in these areas. The Streets Department thanks citizens in advance for their patience and cooperation as we work to improve city streets. For more information on the Streets Department’s paving Program, please click here. Citizens may also contact the Streets Department’s Customer Affairs Unit at 215-686-5560. For information on all City services, please call 3-1-1.

  • 19 Jul 2018 12:12 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    PennDOT will soon be performing much needed repairs to the Chestnut Street Bridge. As part of this work, the contractor needs to make some masonry repair and repointing of the piers and abutment - the structural support of the bridge. To do this, the current north-bound trail traffic will be combined with the south-bound trail traffic (see drawing below). The abutment repairs are expected to take place in the next two to three weeks, during which time PennDOT will do their best to keep the trail open as much as possible. The bridge reconstruction project includes new fascia lighting of the structure, a new trail pergola entrance at Chestnut Street and a new plaza on Schuylkill Avenue.

     The existing sink hole (located just south of the Chestnut Street Bridge in the south-bound lane) will be temporarily covered with a steel plate and asphalt during the initial phase. PennDOT has incorporated the permanent repair of this area into their contract and work is expected to take place this winter. There will be a short period of a month or two when a complete closure of the trail will be needed. A detour for trail users through the street network will be posted. This closure is unavoidable, but is being scheduled in the winter when trail traffic is lower.

     We ask all trail users to exercise caution while negotiating this area over the coming months, and we appreciate PennDOT's support of our efforts here.

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  • 28 Jun 2018 12:28 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

  • 14 Jun 2018 2:15 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    We attended the Market-JFK Vision Zero Safety Project Steering Committee earlier this week. The meeting was convened by Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, (OTIS) and included major property owners and stakeholders along the Market and JFK corridors.

    Status of the bike lanes as of today:

    • Striping and flex post installation is substantially complete.
    • PPA’s revision to signage and rearrangement is substantially complete.
    • Bicycle signals have been installed at 16th and Market and 20th and JFK.

    The Philadelphia Police Department 9th District and Philadelphia Parking Authority have begun three education and enforcement actvities as part of the pilot, as requested by the Councilperson.

    • Starting last week, PPD 9th District  began handing out palm cards to both bicyclists and motorists about riding on sidewalks and yielding to pedestrians. This focused enforcement/education period will last for two weeks.

    • Starting 6/22, PPD will ticket those bicyclists riding on sidewalks and motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians. This effort will focus on 16th and JFK, 16th and Market, and 19th and JFK.
    • As the parking and loading signage update is completed, the PPA will begin to enforce parking regulations this week

    If you see a recurring problem, please tweet @philaparking and/or email a message to  Please cc: on any emails so that we may track our residents' concerns.  

    The pilot is expected to last 9 months, and OTIS will be collecting a variety of data in both July and September/October to evaluate the bike lanes on a number of measures.  

    More information from the City’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems here.

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