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Community Meeting Notice

October 25, 2021

Pending Road Closure

Road Closure Announcement

Greetings Neighbors, 

The Philadelphia Water Department will hold a virtual meeting with members of the community and Councilwoman Bass’s office to provide information about the upcoming construction project and subsequent closure of Cresheim Valley Drive. This work is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 8th, and will last approximately 6 months. PWD will make a brief presentation, followed by a Q&A to make sure we address any questions and concerns you may have. (see attached letter for more detail)

Topic: Community Meeting /Closure of Cresheim Valley Drive

Time: Oct 27, 2021, 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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NEW Road Closure on Allens Lane

August 17, 2020

Dear neighbors,

Please see this updated announcement regarding the street closure on Allens Lane.

Leaf Pickup

December 12, 2019

“The Leaf Recycling Program is one of several services provided by the Streets Department to honor the City’s on-going commitment to recycling. This recycling program helps to reduce the amount of materials that reach the waste stream and saves landfill space. Mechanical collection and bagged drop-off services are provided.”

People who want to assure their leaves are composted – not trashed – have two choices for participating:

1.   BAGGED LEAF DROP OFF:  Drop off your leavesbagged in large brown biodegradable paper bags only (not plastic bags) at any of the four Northwest locations noted below anytime from 9 am to 3 pm – on either Saturday, Dec 14 or 21. A designated fleet of sanitation compactors will be positioned at the sites to accept the bagged leaves. Crews assigned to accept ONLY bagged leaves and yard waste as part of the program. No household rubbish will be accepted.

Saturday Drop-Off Locations – 9-3:
– 4800 Wayne Ave. (Happy Hollow Recreation Ctr)
– Cathedral St. & Ridge Ave.
– Gravers Lane & Seminole St.
– Washington Ln. & Ardleigh St.

Bagged leaf drop-off collection tips:

  • Residents must place leaves in large brown biodegradable paper bags. Using these bags helps eliminates the extensive process of ripping open, dumping, and disposing of plastic bags.
  • Never mix trash or other recyclable materials with bagged leaves. This contaminates leaves and makes them unfit for recycling purposes. (NEVER PUT PLASTIC BAGS IN RECYCLE BINS.)

2.    MECHANICAL LEAF COLLECTION:   Mechanical leaf collection (= looks like a giant vacuum cleaner) is provided as a supplement to bagged collections in areas identified as having heavy accumulations of leaves and will be offered on a designated weekly schedule in areas with a heavy concentration of leaves.  (This is due to occur in our area next week:  Dec 16 to Dec 21, according to the attached map. It appears they will cover streets south of Allen Lane. It does not appear to include the streets around Houston School – although I recall they came in past.

  • All leaves should be raked (un-bagged) and ready for collection by 7:00 AM the day of mechanical collection. Rake leaves into the street by the curb’s edge (piling is not necessary).  
  • If possible, move your vehicle to an off-street parking location on your scheduled collection day, so crews can remove leaves along the curb line.
  • Residents in mechanical areas can also drop-off bagged leaves.

Click here for more information and a map of areas receiving mechanical collection.

Allens Lane Bridge Closure

April 23, 2019

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Governor Wolf ‘s office announced April 23 rd , that construction is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, May 8th, on a project to replace the Allens Lane bridge that carries two lanes of traffic over SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail Line in the West Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.

“PennDOT has worked with many stakeholders to expedite this bridge replacement project to minimize impacts to motorists and residents,” said Governor Tom Wolf.

Beginning Wednesday, May 8, Allens Lane will be closed and detoured between South Cresheim Road and North Cresheim Road for bridge construction operations. The closure is expected to be in place through September 2020. During the closure, Allens Lane motorists will be directed to use Lincoln Drive, Wayne Avenue, Washington Avenue and Germantown Avenue. South Cresheim Road motorists will be additionally detoured over Emlen Street.

Local traffic will be maintained up to the construction zone. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the closure by utilizing the pedestrian overpass at the train station.

Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work area because backups and delays will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent and subject to change.This project was driven by the need to replace the bridge due to deterioration and heavy spalling and has a current posted weight limit of 20 tons.

Road-Con, Inc., of West Chester, Chester County is the general contractor on the $4,663,350 project which is financed with 100 percent state funds. Construction on this project is expected to finish in the fall of 2020.

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Street Improvements – March 2019

March 24, 2019

Posted March 24th, 2019

Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today that street improvement work will occur in the Germantown area of the city beginning on Monday, March 25th through Friday, April 5th. The work schedule includes temporary, full street closures and parking restrictions. Weather or special events in the area may alter the work schedule. The contractor will perform street improvement operations on the following streets:

  • Leverington Avenue, from Henry Avenue to Ridge Avenue
  • Eva Street, from Shawmont Avenue to Port Royal Avenue
  • Lare Street, from Summit Avenue to Port Royal Avenue
  • Summit Avenue, from Lare Street to Henry Avenue
  • W. Mount Pleasant Avenue, from McCallum Street to Germantown Avenue
  • E. Mount Pleasant Avenue, from Germantown Avenue to Stenton Avenue

Street improvement work is related to the initial phase of the City’s street resurfacing program. Work will be completed in separate phases – milling, adjusting of manhole covers, and resetting of utility boxes – which will take place in separate activities over the course of the week. Operations for the milling work will be performed during the day hours, between 7A.M. and 4P.M. Milling of each street segment is expected to last approximately 1-2 days per street. Work for adjusting of manhole covers and resetting of utility boxes will be scheduled during the day, between the hours of 7A.M. and 4P.M., and is expected to last approximately 1-2 days per street. Schedule of operations for the final asphalt resurfacing on these streets will be announced via a separate press release.

To complete the work, residents should expect parking restrictions. Temporary ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted in advance of each scheduled activity. Residents are urged to move their cars from the work sites when temporary ‘No Parking’ signs are posted, so that vehicles are not towed. In the event a car is towed, please contact your local Police District to determine its location. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling around the work areas.

For more information on the City’s Paving Program, please click here. Citizens may also contact the Streets Department’s Customer Affairs Unit at 215-686-5560. For information on all City services, please call 3-1-1.