Philadelphia Department of Streets

(An asphalt speed cushion.  Photo by Richard Drdul, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license, via Wikimedia)

Philadelphia Streets Will Begin Sprouting Speed-Control ‘Cushions’

Unlike traditional “speed bumps,” they are designed so that fire engines, first responders, and certain other wide-track vehicles won’t be affected by them.


(President of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Daniel McElhatton speaks outside City Hall.  Behind him is an "energy guzzling refrigerator" character provided by Peco.  Photo  by Paul Kurtz)

Philadelphia Marks ‘Recycling Day’ With Thanks, and Reminders

Streets commissioner David Perri says 2013 was a record-setting year for our city, which was among the first to institute a recycling program.


(Left: artist's rendering of a light mast on the median of North Broad Street.  Right: a sample light mast installed on the campus of Temple University.  Images provided by City of Phila.)

City To Install Decorative Lighted ‘Masts’ Along North Broad Street

“The masts are 50-foot-tall, stainless steel columns, with a steel mesh, And they’re lit from the inside, ” explains Streets Department chief engineer Darin Gatti.


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Phila. Road Engineers Say Speeders Will Trigger Red Lights On Kelly Drive

“We actually are using wireless technology to determine the speed of the car,” says city chief traffic and street lighting engineer Richard Montanez. “And then, based on that, we trigger the red light.”


(Advertising benches in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia.  Credit: Jim Sanderlin)

Philadelphia Prepares To Remove Illegal Advertising Benches Citywide

The advertising benches are typically cement and wood, and advertise everything from strip clubs to diners.


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Philadelphia Schools, City Government Reopen on Wednesday

Now that the brunt of Sandy has passed, crews from PECO and the Philadelphia Streets Department will be out trying to restore power and remove downed trees.


(Computer system units and monitors are piled on shipping palettes.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia’s Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites Now a Computer-and-TV Graveyard

In addition to the usual hazardous items such as paint, solvents, batteries, oil, and flammable liquids, there were dozens and dozens of TV monitors, personal computers, and printers.


(Philadelphia city councilman Curtis Jones examines a sample of trash that has been converted into pellets for energy production.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Eye New Use For Old Trash: Energy Production

Waste Management plans to build a $20-million facility in Northeast Philadelphia to process trash in a way that creates pellets which can be used as fuel.



Philadelphia’s Two-Week, DIY Christmas Tree Recycling Period Gets Underway

The City of Philadelphia’s Christmas tree recycling program wants you — to bring your trees to them.


(City workers dispose of shipping pallets and other items that had been accumulating at the "Occupy Philadelphia" encampment, on the west side of City Hall.  Credit:  Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Begins Cleanup, Gingerly, Of ‘Occupied’ City Hall Apron

Crews from the city’s Department of Streets were beginning to dispose of pallets and trash from the encampment even as many protesters remained at the site.


(Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey, right, is accompanied by Officer Chris Frazier during a walkthrough at the "Occupy Philadelphia" site on October 7th.  Credit:  Paul Kurtz)

‘Occupy Philly’ Costing Police Dept. $33,000 A Day In Overtime

The “Occupy Philadelphia” protest at City Hall was in its sixth day on Tuesday, with several hundred protesters camping out on Dilworth Plaza.


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Nutter “Not Completely Satisfied” With Snow Removal Across Philly

Nutter says there are “too many areas” of Philadelphia where the condition of the streets are still quite poor.


(Photo courtesy of: Mike DeNardo)

City’s Energy-Saving Traffic Lights Leaving Drivers In The Dark

LED traffic lights operate much cooler than the old bulbs, creating a danger when they become encrusted with snow.