DeLissio urges drivers to heed speed limit on Henry Avenue

Meeting on safety improvements scheduled for Oct. 8

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio recently received a petition from about 60 constituents who live on or near the upper part of Henry Avenue requesting PennDOT to control speeding between Port Royal Avenue and Livezy Lane.   

The petition was filed as a safety request and describes that portion of Henry Avenue as a “speedway.” 

DeLissio said that she would describe almost the entire stretch of Henry Avenue, down to where it intersects with Hunting Park, as a speedway. 

At various meetings in the last month, PennDOT officials and DeLissio reviewed and discussed proposed safety improvements, which are the result of an almost two-year federally funded safety study. During the course of the study, PennDOT presented at many civic association meetings in the Roxborough area. 

PennDOT will present again and update the community on the timeline for the installation of new signal equipment, ADA curb-ramp construction, pavement markings and other improvements to increase safety for pedestrians at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Wolcoff Auditorium at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave. There is ample free parking in the Jamestown lot.

“The speed limit on Henry Avenue is 35 miles per hour,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “I pledge to not exceed the speed limit. I am certain many folks will be flying past me wondering why I am driving so slowly. My response will be, ‘to ensure everyone’s safe passage.’”