PennDOT To Cap Only Part of Vine Street Expressway During Bridge Replacement

 

Photo: Ed Hille, for The Inquirer

Photo: Ed Hille, for The Inquirer

  • The $82 million replacement of seven bridges over the urban chasm that is the Vine Street Expressway will begin in February, says The Inquirer, and be complete by November 2019. Although PennDOT says it considered capping the extent of I-676, such a desperately needed redesign would be too costly. Rather, a single 5,625-square-foot section will be covered, that in front of the Central Branch of the Free Library; pavers, benches and landscaping are planned for that Shakespeare Park extension. The other substantial gain for the built environment will be the more pedestrian-friendly realignment of Winter Street (running along the north façade of the Franklin Institute).
  • Tilden Middle School, at 66th Street and Elmwood Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia, is one of four public schools (along with Arthur Elementary, Carnell Elementary, and J.S. Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences) to be awarded grant money from the School District’s first round of the School Redesign Initiative, reports the Daily News. Some $30,000 will be spent in preparation for the 2015-16 school year in order to promote a more versatile, tech-based education model of “blended learning.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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