Princeton Avenue now open to traffic in both directions

A sev­en-block sec­tion of Prin­ceton Av­en­ue in North­east Phil­adelphia that pre­vi­ously car­ried east­bound traffic only was con­ver­ted to a two-way street on Monday. 

West­bound traffic is now per­mit­ted between State Road and Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue.

The con­ver­sion was part of the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Trans­port­a­tion’s on­go­ing re­con­fig­ur­a­tion of the Cottman Av­en­ue/Prin­ceton Av­en­ue in­ter­change for In­ter­state 95.

In ad­di­tion, PennDOT has in­stalled “traffic calm­ing” curb bump-outs and ded­ic­ated bi­cycle lanes on both sides of Prin­ceton Av­en­ue in the same sev­en-block span.

In the same Ta­cony neigh­bor­hood, PennDOT in Au­gust con­ver­ted Cottman Av­en­ue to a two-way street east of Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue. Pre­vi­ously Cottman Av­en­ue served west­bound traffic only.

Fur­ther, PennDOT has opened a new on-ramp to south­bound In­ter­state 95 from State Road at Long­shore Av­en­ue. Crews have widened State Road to in­clude two south­bound lanes, along with one north­bound lane, between Cottman Av­en­ue and New State Road to im­prove traffic flow to the new on-ramp at Long­shore Av­en­ue.

These sur­face street im­prove­ments are part of PennDOT’s $31.9 mil­lion Cottman/Prin­ceton in­ter­change pro­ject that began in May 2009 and is ex­pec­ted to fin­ish late this year.

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