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Roxborough Construction Kicks Into High Gear Monday

Roxborough Development Corporation gives breakdown of construction work.

If you spent a few minutes on Ridge Avenue recently, you would readily spot construction activity. Crews continue work on the Roxborough streetscape project, which kicks in to high gear starting March 19.

Operations Manager James Calamia said Thursday "the work will really start to be more intense. They'll be breaking things up a lot."

Earlier in March, crews began "light work," which prepped the street for the heavy lifting. Parking meters were removed, and cones were set along the street to block off parking. 

On Monday, "Workers will saw, cutting pavement and the curbs," according to a letter contractor Ka Long Chan sent to businesses. 

As of Thursday, the below info is the up-to-date schedule. For the week of March 19 to 23 the construction will occur on Ridge Avenue from Leverington and Krams streets through Green Lane.

  • Monday through Tuesday: Sawcut sidewalk and roadway
  • Monday through Friday: Demolish roadway and curb
  • Tuesday through Friday: Subgrade for new curb  

Also, construction on the west side of Ridge Avenue from Leverington to Lyceum resumes March 19. 

"We meet once a week, and they have check-ins daily, so we're trying to be as up-to-date as possible. But with any construction project, it's constantly changing," Calamia said.

Chan said that crews would install cones to control traffic.

The works is part of a massive streetscape project designed to increase walkability on the Ridge Avenue corridor and improve pedestrian commerce. the $2.2 million needed.

If businesses have any questions, they should contact 215-508-2358, Chan said.

Jo Ann Desper March 16, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I really like the new trashcans and flower boxes. And trees! Lots of new trees!
Sam Fran Scavuzzo March 16, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Agreed, Jo Ann. I'm excited to see the final product.
james koslosky March 16, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Is the Ridge Ave. contractor from China ?
John Doe May 16, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I would love to see what they have planned to "Increase walkability," mainly because Ridge Avenue has major traffic flow and 2 bus routes. I don't know how you could make a street with that much congestion more walkable without slowing down traffic, which clearly can't be done since it's a main thoroughfare.

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