Isaacson applauds $500K in state grants for district

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., today announced $500,000 in state funding is being invested in her district for two multimodal transportation projects.

The state Multimodal Transportation Fund Program awarded funding for the following:

  • $150,000 to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. to construct the Delaware River Trail, a multi-use trail running 2 miles between Spring Garden Street and Washington Avenue, on the eastern side of Columbus Boulevard. The trail will provide a bicycle path, a separate pedestrian walkway, solar lighting and a landscaped buffer across from the parking and vehicle lanes. Additionally, the trail will provide vital connections to recreational destinations like Penn's Landing, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Washington Avenue Pier, Cherry Street Pier, and Race Street Pier. The total project cost is $21.02 million.
  • $350,000 to the Philadelphia City Treasurer Streets Department for the construction of multimodal safety improvements along Market Street from 2nd to 6th streets by converting the road from a 4-lane to a 3-lane cross section and introducing protected bike lanes in both directions. The project also includes traffic signal improvements at 3rd through 6th streets, bus boarding islands and pedestrian islands at 3rd, 4th, and 5th streets, and a channelizing island at 5th Street. Lastly, the project will repave Market Street from Front Street to 6th Street to include ADA ramps and removal of existing bump outs. The total project cost is $10.34 million.

“The 175th Legislative District is among the most walkable and bikeable areas in the city, so it’s important to ensure measures for safety are prevalent for our local streetscapes,” Isaacson said. “Congratulations to the Streets Department and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation for receiving these grants that will continue to bolster economic viability by making our local businesses and recreation accessible for all residents and visitors.”

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, streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development.