Signs Now Required on Work Sites in Philadelphia

Construction and demolition sites must now post detailed information about projects. The hope is that it will make it easier for people to report problems.

The city passed many new regulations in response to the building collapse last year. Yesterday, it unveiled another one: Detailed signs are now required at demolition and construction sites. The idea is that the detailed information will make it easier for the citizens of Philadelphia to report problems with work sites to the city.

For projects larger than three stories, a 3-by-5-foot sign is required. Smaller projects get a yellow one-pager with the same information.

Meanwhile, the Daily News reports this seemingly innocuous signage requirement led to a war of words between Mayor Michael Nutter and City Councilman Jim Kenney. Kenney says the mayor actually opposed his signage bill.

“It’s very frustrating to have to deal with a government that continually obstructs, obstructs, obstructs, then finally agrees with you and says, ‘Well, look what we did,'” said Kenney, a frequent Nutter antagonist.

Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald said the mayor was referring to informal orders, not official executive orders, and that he never opposed new sign rules. “That’s just simply not true,” McDonald said of the councilman’s comments. “That’s just another example of Kenney-speak.”