20th Street Crumbles

Living in Center City, near Rittenhouse Square, 20th Street is one of my northbound arterials. Whether on foot, bike or in the car, I use that particular street a lot. About two weeks ago, I woke up one morning to discover that the city had scrapped it down in preparation for resurfacing. That’s fine, they do that around the city all the time. What concerns me is that 20th Street, between Spruce and the parkway, has now been without a surface for more than two weeks. And it’s beginning to show. The old trolley tracks are visible, as well as the historical cobblestones. Deep holes are forming on the street, and it’s now impossible to ride a bike up that stretch of 20th without serious endangering your life.

Philadelphia, will you please give that street a new surface, sooner rather than later? It’s becoming a real hazzard!

2 Comments so far

  1. Ahd Child (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 9:52 am

    They tend to take their time about that stuff. Last time they repaved a bunch of streets, whole sections of Center City were like that for weeks.

    The thing I don’t get is why they only seem to focus on Center City. It seems that a lot of the streets that just got stripped for repaving were just repaved in the last round of roadwork. Neighborhoods other than Center City could use that attention.

  2. Wendy (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    My neighborhood (East Mt Airy) gets a street or 2 chomped up every year, but I know of some seriously bad roads that could have used resurfacing more than the one chosen.

    It seemed like they went around with the street chomper (my technical term) taking up streets everywhere I go all at once and now are taking forever to resurface them. It seems like the street should be chomped right before it is resurfaced to save vehicles from damage (anyone drive down Spring Garden St before they put the road back? ugh!) and the road from more damage.

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