Spring Garden Striping To Take ‘At Least Another Week’

by | September 5, 2017 | Biking in Philly, Featured | 2 comments

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This is unfortunate: The bike lane striping on Spring Garden Street, east of Broad Street, is set to take “at least another week,” according to a representative at PennDOT.

Spring Garden Street, through North Center City, was recently repaved and has begun to be restriped.

However, restriping the bike lane has not been done quickly. For several weeks, the bike lane has been a single stripe separating motor vehicles from what will eventually be the bike lane and parked cars.

Currently, the Spring Garden looks more like three lanes for traffic (which is what it becomes at 6th Street, as cars line up on the right side to head south toward the Ben Franklin Bridge.)

PennDOT has hired a subcontractor to do the final line work.

“The sub-contractor has been working to place the final pavement markings on Spring Garden Street for a couple weeks as there is considerable striping work to be performed.  The operation is continuing and I’m told there is at least another week of work to be done before the striping work on Spring Garden Street is completed,” noted the PennDOT representative.

In the meantime, people are still using Spring Garden Street for their commutes. If you feel comfortable on Spring Garden, go for it. This is my route home, and (especially during the repaving period earlier this summer), I’ve used 13th Street to Poplar to 3rd Street. Here’s that route:

Why I suggest this route: Poplar is relatively calm as far as streets in this area go. It also is continuous and, if you’re headed into Fishtown or a section of north Northern Liberties, the alley between 5th Street and 3rd Street is pretty fun to ride through.

If you have a suggestion for another route for those who want to avoid Spring Garden Street, feel free to write it below and I’ll add it to this post.

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  1. Yep

    Heh, subcontractor. Outsourcing important government work might arouse conservatives, but it’s crappy policy.

  2. NoLibs Resident

    So, a perfect time to re think how Spring garden is laid out, and they go back to status quo. Rather than shrink the physical size of lanes to add in a protected bike lane and calm traffic, or remove the median strip that CLEARLY says NO PARKING, but which fire and police officials Park on all the time, and turn that into a bike lane, the city and state fold up.

    And the. They get a sub contractor who…. Ran out of paint?


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