It is no secret that traffic congestion, parking, and pedestrian safety are top concerns for neighbors surrounding the Philadelphia Sports Complex. SCSSD continues to invest time and effort into transportation improvement initiatives of community benefit. And while there is no single-simple-solution to correct area traffic problems, SCSSD is making best efforts to help improve the situation step-by-step, piece-by-piece, project-by-project. Here are some examples:
Transportation Improvement Study
In 2006, SCSSD funded and completed a comprehensive Transportation Improvement Study. Study recommendations focus on (1) Neighborhood Traffic Calming and (2) Improved Interstate Access. SCSSD continues to use this study in pursuing short-term and long-term transportation solutions.
Sports Complex Sign Project Donation
In 2006, SCSSD donated $50,000 to the Sports Complex Sign Improvement Project. This $1.1 million City of Philadelphia project was constructed in 2006-07 and includes overhead signs to better direct event patrons from the interstates to parking lots, and then from parking lots directly back to the interstate ramps, steering clear of adjacent residential neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Traffic Calming Islands
In April 2008, SCSSD constructed four traffic calming islands along 20th Street at Hartranft Street and at Geary Street. Decorative plantings were included to further beautify the neighborhood. After evaluating the positive impact of these islands, SCSSD has since installed an additional four islands along Packer Avenue at 19th Street and at 18th Street. Similar treatments are currently being planned for the remainder of the Packer Avenue corridor in SCSSD Community District II.