River Wards news at-a-glance

Port Rich­mond trail pro­ject sched­uled to be­gin this week

Streets Com­mis­sion­er Clar­ena Tolson an­nounced Oct. 4 that work was sched­uled to be­gin Tues­day on the Port Rich­mond Trail Pro­ject, which will be­come part of the Delaware River Gre­en­way.

The trail will ac­com­mod­ate bi­cyc­lists and ped­es­tri­ans along parts of Delaware and Al­legheny av­en­ues — the plan will see a multi-use re­cre­ation­al trail on one side of the street, com­plete with land­scap­ing work.

The new trail, which is ex­pec­ted to be com­pleted in Septem­ber 2013, will con­nect Monkiewicz Play­ground at Rich­mond Street and Al­legheny Av­en­ue with Pu­laski Park at Delaware and Al­legheny av­en­ues, and then ex­tend north along Delaware Av­en­ue to Lewis Street.

Con­struc­tion fund­ing is provided through the U.S. De­part­ment of Trans­port­a­tion’s TI­GER pro­gram, which awar­ded fund­ing in 2012 to 47 trans­port­a­tion pro­jects in 34 states and the Dis­trict of Columbia. ••

Philly of­ficer who punched wo­man sus­pen­ded with ‘in­tent to dis­miss’

Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Charles H. Ram­sey said Thursday that he had is­sued a dir­ect-ac­tion dis­missal against Lt. Jonath­an Jo­sey, 39, a 19-year vet­er­an of the de­part­ment. Jo­sey had been sus­pen­ded for a month with in­tent to dis­miss.

A now-vir­al video from a cel­eb­ra­tion at 5th Street and Le­high Av­en­ue fol­low­ing the Sunday, Sept. 30 Pu­erto Ric­an Day Parade shows Jo­sey punch­ing Aida Guz­man, 39, of Chester, twice in the head.

Guz­man was charged with dis­orderly con­duct Sunday. She ad­mit­ted that she was spray­ing silly string at the cel­eb­ra­tion. The charges against Guz­man have since been dropped, ac­cord­ing to Dis­trict At­tor­ney Seth Wil­li­ams. May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter apo­lo­gized to Guz­man at a news con­fer­ence Thursday. ••

Fresh­Dir­ect in the neigh­bor­hoods

Fresh­Dir­ect, a fresh food on­line gro­cer in the New York area, has ex­pan­ded to Phil­adelphia. The com­pany now has a re­fri­ger­ated cross-dock and de­pot dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter at 4235 Rich­mond St. in Brides­burg.

Foun­ded in 2002, the com­pany is con­tinu­ing to ex­pand part­ner­ship with pro­duce and meat farm­ers throughout a 300-mile ra­di­us of the Phil­adelphia area.

On Oc­to­ber 1, Fresh­Dir­ect began de­liv­er­ing to eight zip codes in and around Cen­ter City, sev­en days a week, in­clud­ing North­ern Liber­ties. ••

PennDOT awards $39 mil­lion con­tract for I-95 im­prove­ment

The Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Trans­port­a­tion re­cently awar­ded a $39,259,503 con­tract to James J. An­der­son Con­struc­tion Co., Inc. to re­build and im­prove In­ter­state 95 south of the Gir­ard Av­en­ue In­ter­change.

This con­tract is the third of six to move to con­struc­tion as part of PennDOT’s pro­gram to im­prove the I-95/Gir­ard Av­en­ue In­ter­change and re­build three miles of the in­ter­state from Race Street to just south of Al­legheny Av­en­ue. 

Con­struc­tion will start later this fall to widen and re­build I-95 im­me­di­ately south of the Gir­ard Av­en­ue In­ter­change and re­place three in­ter­state bridges between Columbia Av­en­ue and Shack­amax­on Street. Work is sched­uled to fin­ish in spring 2015.

Crews will re­build this part of I-95 in four stages over the next two-and-a-half years in or­der to keep three lanes open in each dir­ec­tion dur­ing peak hours. I-95 ramps at Gir­ard Av­en­ue will also re­main open throughout con­struc­tion.

PennDOT fin­ished the first phase of work at the I-95/Gir­ard Av­en­ue In­ter­change in 2010. The second phase of con­struc­tion began in Decem­ber 2011 to re­build and im­prove loc­al sur­face streets, in­clud­ing Rich­mond Street, re­place bridges and re­lo­cate sev­er­al ma­jor util­ity lines near the in­ter­change.

This work is fin­anced with 90 per­cent fed­er­al and 10 per­cent state funds.

PennDOT re­minds drivers they can vis­it www.511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic con­di­tions on I-95 and oth­er ma­jor high­ways. ••


NoLibs shoot­ing leaves wo­man dead, man is in crit­ic­al con­di­tion

A man is crit­ic­ally wounded and a wo­man was shot and killed Sunday night in what po­lice have de­scribed as a “vi­ol­ent en­counter” on the 700 block of North 3rd Street.

The wo­man, 65, has not been iden­ti­fied, but was pro­nounced dead at the scene around 9 p.m. Po­lice said she was shot once in the head, and blood was splattered in the foy­er and on the front steps of the house.

The  man, 40, is in crit­ic­al con­di­tion at Hahne­mann Uni­versity Hos­pit­al, po­lice have re­por­ted. They say he may be re­lated to the wo­man.

Po­lice said the gun­man was male and that they have no motive for the shoot­ing. Blood was found on all three floors of the house.

Au­thor­it­ies were speak­ing to wit­nesses and re­view­ing sur­veil­lance video from loc­al busi­nesses nearby. ••

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