What's up with Ann Street?

Some of Port Rich­mond’s res­id­ents and busi­nesses are be­ing dis­turbed by dust from on­go­ing con­struc­tion, and won­der when the street will re­turn to nor­mal.

Why is the street torn up along Ann Street at Ed­ge­mont Street?

That’s what loc­als were ask­ing last week when they reached out to Star for an­swers.

“It’s a mess. The people who live on the street can’t open their win­dows be­cause of all the dust,” said Bill Rein­ert, a Port Rich­mond res­id­ent.

Ac­cord­ing to Rein­ert and oth­ers on the block, the street along Ann has been torn up for at least three months.

The block is lined with plastic pip­ing, or­ange traffic cones and white bar­ri­ers, and a thin lay­er of brown dust can be seen throughout the area, cak­ing side­walks and cov­er­ing win­dows on loc­al homes.

“You oughta see me. I’m clean­ing 20 times a day in here,” said a bar­tender - who asked to re­main an­onym­ous - at Fasone’s Sports Bar and Grill at the in­ter­sec­tion of Ed­ge­mont and Ann streets.

Open­ing the door to the bar, she poin­ted to the brown sho­e­p­rints that covered the side­walk and led in­to the door of the bar.

Rein­ert agreed.

“Nobody wants to come in there be­cause of all the dust,” he said. “It’s got to be hurt­ing busi­ness.”

Con­tac­ted Monday, June 11, John Di­Gi­ulio, spokes­per­son for the Phil­adelphia Wa­ter De­part­ment, said the con­struc­tion along Ann at Ed­ge­mont streets looked to be part of a pro­ject that will not be com­pleted un­til May of next year.

He said that between now and then there will be on­go­ing re­pairs to wa­ter and sew­er pipes on Mer­cer Street between Al­legheny Av­en­ue and West­mo­re­land Street, Mon­mouth Street between Ed­ge­mont and Sal­mon streets, Webb Street between Madis­on and West­mo­re­land streets and In­di­ana Av­en­ue between Al­mond and Ed­ge­mont Streets.

Asked just when the res­id­ents of the 2500 block of Ann Street might see work there com­pleted, he es­tim­ated that work crews could fin­ish in a mat­ter of weeks be­fore mov­ing on to the oth­er loc­al areas that are slated for re­pairs.

Star Staff Re­port­er Hay­den Mit­man can be con­tac­ted at 215-354-3124 or hmit­man@bsmphilly.com.

You can reach at hmitman@bsmphilly.com.

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