A dangerous Pennsylvania highway gets a $78 million safety assistance grant

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new $78 million federal grant will be used to make significant safety improvements along a Philadelphia street known as one of the most dangerous in the city, federal and city officials said.

Officials said the DOT grant will be used to update and upgrade traffic lights along Roosevelt Avenue as well as reconfigure intersections, place new intermediate barriers and “pedestrian refuge” islands, and install dedicated bus lanes.

the 12 lane streetA nearly 14-mile (23-kilometer) maze of chaotic traffic patterns, it winds through some of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods and census areas with the highest poverty rates. Cars moving between the inner and outer lanes can make driving dangerous, but cycling or walking can be worse with long pedestrian crossings that can take four light cycles to cross.

In his funding announcement earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, said road accidents along the street since 2016 have killed at least 75 people — 41 percent of them pedestrians trying to cross — and injured 119 others were seriously injured.

Michael Carroll, deputy general manager of the Philadelphia Bureau of Transportation, said Monday that short-term projects are expected to be in place by 2025 and the city aims to have zero fatalities along the street by 2030, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.