October 14, 2014
GOTHAM has Batman. Philly has Bikeman? After what seems like decades of being lectured about the benefits of bicycling (some of which are true) and promises of enforcement against bad bicyclists (almost nonexistent) and entreaties to give and get respect, I thought I caught a whiff of the city doing something to improve bicycling behavior. A friend noticed a poster tacked to a pole near 6th and Bainbridge that had four panels, two on the top and two on the bottom. The poster was edged with miniature Philadelphia city seals.
August 2, 2013 |
If the Blue Route seems packed now, just imagine what it will be like in 2040, when the region's population has grown by 600,000 people, an 11.5 percent bump. More cars. More Shore traffic on Friday nights in summer. More logjams when the Phillies are in town. But relief may be on the way. Regional planners are floating a plan to convert the shoulders of I-476 during rush hour, easing traffic flow during the busiest times without spending money to widen the road. During peak hours in the morning and afternoon, vehicles would be allowed to drive on the shoulder, creating a bonus lane for the estimated 90,000 drivers that use the road each day. The plan was mentioned in a recent report on managing growth from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
April 14, 2013
PARKING LOTS can seem like a zoo. That's why the Philadelphia Zoo last week unveiled its new four-story parking garage and transportation center at 35th Street and Girard Avenue. The 683-space garage, complemented by improved traffic flow and streetscape, replaces the zoo's "Zebra" surface parking lot. "This is more than a garage," said zoo president and CEO Vik Dewan. Traffic and parking has been challenging for "more than two decades," he said, noting that the zoo sees an estimated 1.2 million visitors annually.
February 6, 2013 |
TRENTON - For motorists unaccustomed to the ways of New Jersey, the experience can be confounding. Need to make a left turn? Go right. By diverting left-turning vehicles off travel lanes, the half-loops known as jughandles have been found to help through-traffic move along more quickly on congested roadways. But a New Jersey state senator is trying to put a halt to any new "Jersey lefts," arguing that they delay and torment motorists who must regularly use them and confuse those unfamiliar with such traffic configurations.
July 20, 2012 |
Talk about hot tomatoes. A tractor-trailer carrying a load of tomatoes caught fire late Wednesday in the northbound lanes of I-295 in Gloucester County. No injuries were reported in the blaze south of Exit 17 in Greenwich Township, but the fire created a gooey mess that took workers a good part of the night to clean up, disrupting traffic flow through the area until just before dawn. The cause is under investigation.
March 9, 2012 |
To take the "stop" out of stop-and-go traffic, Philadelphia is spending about $90 million over three years to upgrade traffic signals and synchronize lights at more than 600 intersections along 21 major corridors in the city. The first streets to get the upgrades are Oregon Avenue, 29th Street, Verree Road, Belmont Avenue, Bustleton Avenue, Chestnut Street, Walnut Street, and Woodland Avenue, said Stephen Buckley, deputy commissioner for transportation at the Streets Department.
March 6, 2012 |
To pass, to weave, perchance to be trapped behind a 16-wheeler. That's the Hamletlike quandary facing drivers on New Jersey's crowded highways. And now there could be a new rub: a stiffer fine for those who linger in the left lane. A bill to increase fines for "failure to keep right" passed the state Senate Transportation Committee last week. The measure, which State Sen. Donald Norcross (D., Camden) has sponsored to deter road rage, would increase the maximum fine to $300 from the current $200, and the minimum fine to $100 from the current $50. New Jersey already has one of the nation's toughest "keep-right" laws.
February 10, 2012
DEAR ABBY: There is an ongoing issue between my husband and me. It's his disregard for my personal safety. Our large city is known for its heavy, fast traffic and impatient drivers. "Jon" is a good driver. He likes to drive in the left (passing) lane on the highway or tollway, usually about five miles above the posted speed limit. This is considered too slow for many drivers, who become impatient and aggressive having to be behind us in the fast lane. If they start to pass us on the right, he will speed up so they can't get ahead of him. He says he's "teaching them a lesson.
November 1, 2011 |
A ramp in Bellmawr leading to Route 42 has been reopened following an accident that left a tractor trailer overturned. The truck that overturned at the Creek Road on-ramp was uprighted at 7:45 a.m. and traffic flow has since returned. The incident at the Creek Road on-ramp occurred about 5:30 a.m. The area around the crash is normally heavy as cars flow in and out of Routes 55, I-295 and 42. The crash resulted in a backup along some of the major arteries leading to those roads, including the Black Horse Pike as it approaches I-295.
August 5, 2011 |
A protest in Center City on Saturday and bridge work on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Sunday will affect traffic flow this weekend. Philadelphia Police said that starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, streets around Louis Kahn Park at 11th and Pine Streets will be closed for the set up of the SlutWalk March and Rally. The march is set to begin at 11:20 a.m. and will make its way to City Hall and Dilworth Plaza. "There will be officers assigned to this event, but traffic in the area could be heavy at times," the department said in a statement.