Fixed. Fixed. Fixed. The Unmarked Onramp on 24th Street, the Vanishing Bike Lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Trash-Filled MSB Sign — All Fixed.

Three civic nuisances highlighted on Citified, three problems solved.


There are a lot of things in Philadelphia that grind our gears.

In the last few weeks, we highlighted three such problems: a dangerous, unmarked freeway onramp on 24th Street, disappearing bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue, and a Municipal Services Building sign that was stuffed to the gills with trash (metaphor, anyone?).

Citified has learned that not one, not two, but all three issues are being corrected.

First, let’s talk about the horrifying onramp to I-676, located next to the Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It is merely labeled “24th Street,” so many cyclists and drivers believe that it is a local road, while in fact it’s a one-way chute to a three-lane highway.

Eugene Blaum, a spokesman for PennDOT, told us Friday that the department has decided to add new signs to warn people of the oncoming freeway.

“The department reviewed the 24th Street ramp to I-676 East and additional signs will be installed later this month,” he said. “Three regulatory signs stating, ‘Motor Vehicles Only,’ and three sets of ‘I-676 East’ route markers will be placed on the ramp. The ‘Motor Vehicles Only’ sign will be located beneath the I-676 East route marker.”

Meanwhile, the bike lane paint on Pennsylvania Avenue between Spring Garden and 27th streets was previously so faint that it was barely perceptible. We received word from readers that the bike lanes had been repainted, after @philabikes had tweeted an image of the road to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Citified had highlighted the problem.

That’s when we decided to take a stroll down to the Municipal Services Building to see if it, too, had miraculously been fixed.

Last month, we told you that a screen on the city sign had been removed, and people were dumping trash inside of it. At the time, Thomas McDade of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Property said, “It’s disgusting. … It might get to the point where, if this continues, I’m putting a metal sheet in there.”

It appears that, in fact, he decided to fill it with concrete instead. Which actually sounds like a permanent solution.


Before, and after. | Photos by Holly Otterbein.

Is there a problem in Philly that’s keeping you up at night? Send your nominations for urban nuisances that need fixing to or tweet them to @CitifiedPHL.