Philadelphia Streets Department to Begin Adding “Speed Cushions” in Various Locations

speed cushions
A general example of speed cushions – not neccessarily the type that will be used by the Philadelphia Streets Department.

The Philadelphia Streets Department announced yesterday that it would begin installing speed cushions to various roads around the city where speeding has been identified as a problem: From the Streets Department press release:

Speeding is a major cause of many crashes and is one of the top complaints received from City residents. The speed cushions are being installed as an engineering measure to reduce speeding by passenger vehicles on residential streets. Unlike speed bumps found in parking lots, speed cushions have a gentler profile and have cutouts, or gaps strategically placed to allow the wheels of emergency vehicles and transit vehicles to straddle them. Speed cushions are known to be effective at reducing speeds to the posted speed limit of 25 mph. The speed cushions will be identified with arrows and other markings leading to the devices in accordance with published engineering standards.

The first round of speed cushions will be installed on the following streets this spring and summer:

· Queen Lane from Henry Avenue to Fox Street

· School House Lane from Henry Avenue to Gypsy Lane

· Greenway Avenue from Cobbs Creek Parkway to 71st Street

· Winchester Avenue from Narvon Street to Welsh Road

· Susquehanna Road from Ridgeway Street to Ferndale Street

· Edison Avenue/Station Road from Maple Avenue to Trevose Road

· Medford Road from Tyrone Road to Belgreen Road

· Winston Road from E. Willow Grove Avenue to E. Moreland Avenue

· Ardleigh Avenue from Willow Grove Avenue to Mermaid lane

· Mermaid Lane from Winston Road to Stenton Avenue

· Gravers Lane from Germantown Avenue to Stenton Avenue

· Evergreen Avenue from Germantown Avenue to Stenton Avenue

· Norwood Avenue from Sunset Avenue to Chestnut Hill Avenue

· Southampton Road west of Roosevelt Boulevard

The complete press release with further details can be found on the Philadelphia Streets Department web site. Although there are no plans for installing speed cushions in the vicinity of LoMo just yet, what do you think? Are there streets in our neighborhood that would benefit from these?

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