Sidewalk IntersectionHarrisburg, May 8, 2018 – Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) announced that nearly $3.5 million was awarded to his district through PennDOT grants to improve transportation alternatives, as well as enhance public accessibility.

Projects in the 1st Senatorial District include:

  • $1,000,000 to modify the intersection at Broad and Locust Streets to replicate the current construction on Broad and Chestnut and Walnut Streets, improving ADA accessibility, safety, and the aesthetics of the public realm. 
  • $432,000 to construct curb bump-outs, pedestrian refuge islands, and expanded sidewalks to improve and increase pedestrian movement across Race Street and into Franklin Square.
  • $997,000 to improve the existing sidewalk and intersections for pedestrians and bicyclists from the Navy Yard to Hartranft Street in South Philadelphia via a multiuse side path along South Broad Street.
  • Interstate Land Management Corporation – $1,000,000 to repair and replace damaged sidewalks with heavy pedestrian traffic under I-95. 

“Improving our transit options in a city the size of Philadelphia is a worthwhile state investment,” said Senator Farnese. “These projects in my district are going to improve safety and accessibility for travelers of every mode.”

This award is part of a large list of grantees in the TA Set-Aside program, which provides funding for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects.

The full descriptions of the projects that were awarded funding is available at