In Anticipation of Changes at 37th Street


37th Street: Two-Way Traffic

Glenn Bryan, director of City and Community Relations, has announced that the Philadelphia Streets Department has responded to the University's request to redesign 37th Street between Walnut and Chestnut Streets to accommodate two-way traffic. The reconfiguration is scheduled to go into effect this week. During the next few days, new signage will be installed to reflect the change from one-way to two-way traffic.

The redesign is made possible through a trial ordinance issued by the Streets Department, effective for a period of six-nine months. The Streets Department will solicit feedback and general comments regarding the effect and impact of the redesign with respect to traffic flow and safety. At the conclusion of the trial period, a formal hearing and ordinance will be sought through City Council.

The Office of City and Community Relations requested the configuration on behalf of the University in response to requests to increase accessibility to Sansom Common and to reduce traffic congestion on surrounding streets.

The Office of City Community Relations has helped coordinate these changes in conjunction with the Division of Public Safety and the Division of Facilities Services. For more information about the reconfiguration of traffic on 37th Street, please contact Glenn Bryan at (215) 898-3565.

--Office of City and Community Relations

Fresh Air Food Plaza Temporary Relocation

The eight campus food vendors currently operating the "Fresh Air Food Plaza" adjacent to Gimbel Gymnasium will be temporarily relocated to Sansom Street. The interim move is necessary due to construction of the David S. Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, which will add 65,000 square feet of state-of-the-art recreational space to the existing Gimbel Gymnasium facility. Construction of the facility is scheduled to begin on or about May 22 and is expected to last approximately two years.

During construction, the eight food vendors currently operating in this space will be temporarily relocated to the south side of Sansom Street, between 37th and 38th Streets, alongside the Mod VI parking garage. In addition, a small outdoor seating area will be established on the lawn to the west of the Greenfield Carriage House, to accommodate customers during warmer months.

Signs will be installed along Walnut Street, 37th and 38th Streets, to direct patrons to the new location.


Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 34, May 15, 2001

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