Spring Garden Connector Project
DRWC in conjunction with the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA), unveiled the completion of the Spring Garden Connector Project on December 20, 2016. The project incorporates long-awaited lighting and streetscape development to transform the I-95 and Market-Frankford El underpass and to improve the connection to the Waterfront.
- As part of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware to guide development on the riverfront, DRWC identified necessary improvements to primary and secondary connector streets under I-95 reaching Columbus Boulevard.
- This initiative includes streetscaping, new sidewalks, and public art installation to provide safe and welcoming access to the Waterfront and also serves as a catalyst for private development.
Spring Garden Street was identified as a key neighborhood connector to burgeoning Northern Liberties as well as a cross-city connection to Callowhill, Fairmount and the Schuylkill River Trail.
The finalized design features the following public amenities:
- New sidewalks, decorative pavers, and street trees from 2nd Street to Columbus Boulevard
- Pre-programmed LED lighting designed around the cycle of the sun as it rises and sets each day
- Specially-themed lighting programs around holidays, such as Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Fourth of July
- Custom designed and fabricated metal panels that comprise the station portal screens, corner pieces, and hanging fixtures
- A new traffic signal at Front Street and Spring Garden
- ADA ramp access
- Curb bump outs for safer pedestrian access