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New bike lane coming as part of City Hall street work

The chewed up pavement around City Hall is the prelude to a repaving, redesign, and a new bike lane.

A biker dismounts from the bumpy unpaved surface of 15th Street. Sam Newhouse

You may have noticed recently that the streets around City Hall are an unholy, unpaved mess.

The streets, known asPenn Square,have been torn up for a redesign that will include a badly needed bike lane on 15th Street, the Streets Department announced Wednesday.

"In early April, PennDOT will be paving and restriping the square," the Streets Department announced in a press release.

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What may or may not be the solution to a large number of hellish traffic situations navigating around Penn Square was also hinted at by the Streets Department.

"The pavement markings will be upgraded to clarify complex vehicular merges and decision points," they said.

All existing crosswalks will be repainted.

Last but certainly not least, 15th Street is getting a "marked, buffered" bicycle lane, which should help the many bikers who ride down the street on their commute to work.

 

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