In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the corridor west of Broad Street experiences significant heavy vehicle traffic with trucks and forklifts traversing in often unpredictable ways, while the eastern section includes ongoing redevelopment, the Italian Market, and residential neighborhoods.


Kittelson led a multimodal corridor planning study of a 2.5-mile section of Washington Avenue to create a complete street environment through an industrial and commercial area of South Philadelphia. We focused on ped/bike improvements, better organization of the parking and loading demands of the corridor’s commercial uses, a detailed traffic analysis to assess multimodal trade-offs, and proposals for road diets on some sections of the street. For the public outreach process, our team created rendered cross sections, 3D SketchUp models of key intersections, and photo-morphs to illustrate the new design.

The Outcome

Balancing Freight Needs with Livability

The redesign featured buffered bike lanes, enhanced pedestrian crossings, intersections with reduced crossing distances, and a reduction in total travel lanes. The design also included a new striping plan that clearly identified back-in angled parking, loading/unloading zones, bus stops and pull-over areas, and buffered bicycle lanes.




City of Philadelphia