A tractor trailer with “The New York Times” emblazoned on the side overturned on a Schuylkill Expressway off-ramp this morning. The truck overturned around 5:40 a.m. on the ramp from the eastbound Schuylkill to Route 202 North.
As the funeral service concluded for Kyrell Tyler, the 23-year-old dirt biker who was shot and killed in Southwest Philadelphia on October 14th, a lot beside the church began filling with smoke. Hundreds of dirt bikes, motorcycles and ATVs were revving up for one last ride to honor Tyler, known as “Dirt Bike Rell” on social media; they had gathered outside Tindley Temple United Methodist Church and waited for their cue. When the motorcycle hearse exited south onto Broad Street, the riders followed in single file, then prowled about Philly in tribute of the slain dirt biker (see video above).
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) October 16, 2014
The eastbound Schuylkill Expressway was briefly shut down this morning after a fatal car crash near the Montgomery off-ramp. As of just after 9, two lanes are now getting by.
PennDOT announced yesterday that for the first time since April 30th of last year, you’ll be able to exit I-95 southbound at the Cottman Avenue interchange. The exit was closed to to construct a new, wider ramp — part of a $212.3 million project to improve the interstate between Rhawn and Levick streets.
If you drive through the first state for work, your commute just got a bit worse. Okay, a lot worse.
Philly.com reports a bridge on I-495 in Delaware is closed indefinitely. Four columns that carry I-495 over the Christina River, a tributary of the Delaware, are tiled 2.4 degrees (or about 4 percent). Reports of the tilting columns came in Friday, but the bridge was not closed until Monday.
Officials say the bridge is considered fracture critical, which means the failure of one column could lead to the collapse of the entire bridge.
Think Philadelphia is a safe city for pedestrians? We have a fairly poor track record compared to other big cities in the Northeast. According to a new report from the National Complete Streets Coalition, the only other city near Philadelphia that’s more dangerous for walkers is Baltimore. Boston, Providence, Hartford, New York and Pittsburgh are all safer for pedestrians than Philly. Pittsburgh! Generally they’re only better than us at sports.
(Of 51 “large metro areas” ranked, Philadelphia could also be labeled the 18th-safest.)
From 2003 to 2012, 959 pedestrians were killed in Philadelphia. Nationwide, 47,025 pedestrians were killed and 676,000 were injured. The four most-dangerous cities for pedestrians were in Florida: Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami (in order). The report calculates cities by their Pedestrian Danger Index, “the rate of pedestrian deaths relative to the number of people who walk to work in the region.” During the timeframe measured by the study, 19.2 percent of traffic fatalities in Philadelphia were of pedestrians. Overall, Pennsylvania has 1.59 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people.
ABC News says only: “Artists from The Pop Up Studio challenge (Scranton)community to turn pesky potholes in to fun works of art.”
We’ll find the Barbie pool delightful as we contemplate the multi-hundred dollar bill we receive for braking our axle on the pothole. In any case, here’s the website for the project.