Dawkins, Tartaglione: $1.1 million grant to help improve safety of complicated intersection

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 9 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins and state Sen. Christine Tartaglione, both D-Phila., announced they secured a $1.1 million grant to help fund a transportation project aimed at increasing the safety of a complicated Philadelphia intersection.

Dawkins said the money, which is being financed by the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, will go toward improving the southwest corner of Adams/Summerdale Avenues and Roosevelt Boulevard by focusing on how to best prevent vehicle and pedestrian accidents from happening in this area.

“The safety of my communities is a top priority, and the layout of this specific intersection creates dangerous situations for those trying to cross,” Dawkins said. “This grant will help pinpoint the issue and help devise a solution to better protect those traveling in this area.”

The project is estimated to cost $2.1 million. In November, the city received a $500,000 state grant to make similar upgrades to this intersection.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.

Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, such as streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development.