Governor Wolf Joins Philadelphia Officials for Funding Announcement on I-95

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Results,  Transportation Philadelphia — Governor Tom Wolf today joined PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards, Mayor Jim Kenney and Janet Haas of the William Penn Foundation for a funding announcement and update on the future reconstruction of Interstate 95 in the city.With the reconstruction of I-95, built in the 1970s, connections are being restored between the Delaware River waterfront and the rest of the city. Since 1997, PennDOT has been investing in rebuilding and improving the 51-mile I-95 corridor in southeastern Pennsylvania. Currently, $1.7 billion is programmed to complete the rebuilding of I-95 between Cottman Avenue and Interstate 676, the Vine Street Expressway. These improvements have included mitigation to improve the aesthetics for neighborhoods where the viaducts carrying I-95 are located and which were greatly impacted by the original construction 50 years ago.Over the next decade, an upcoming phase of the reconstruction project is a $3 billion to $4 billion investment to rebuild the five-mile stretch, a portion already below ground but mostly on viaduct, between I-676 and Broad Street in South Philadelphia, but all of which impacts the city’s connection to the Delaware River. On the north end of this section, at Penn’s Landing, a new and expanded cap over I-95 will reconnect Penn’s Landing to the city. On the south end of this section, the reconstruction project will improve access to the growing Philadelphia port complex.The state, city and foundation will partner on underwriting the $225 million cost of replacing and expanding the existing cap over I-95 and Christopher Columbus Boulevard.  The project would extend the cap beyond the current boundaries between Chestnut and Walnut streets and extend it over Columbus Boulevard.“We are showing how partnerships between the public and private sectors deliver important benefits that improve both our quality of life and economy,” Governor Wolf said. “In this case, as Interstate 95 will be rebuilt, we have partnered with the city and the William Penn Foundation to restore and enhance the river’s connection to Center City.”“By the private and public sectors partnering and sharing the cost for the cap now, we will save future state and federal highway dollars,” Richards said. “This partnership will allow us to meet our community responsibilities as we improve this critical artery, one of the busiest in the state.”I-95 carries roughly 120,000 vehicles a day in the section between I-676 and Broad Street.The landscaping on the cap, funded by the William Penn Foundation contribution, also addresses storm water mitigation by providing green infrastructure for water quality improvements, which ordinarily are very challenging to meet in urban settings.The state is committing $110 million, including $10 million for preliminary engineering and design, which is already underway. The city is committing $90 million and the foundation has committed $15 million with the commitment to raise the additional $10 million needed for the project.“This three-way partnership will deliver benefits for the city while improving mobility and allowing PennDOT to meet its goals of managing transportation in an efficient and effective way,” Richards said. June 09, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Joins Philadelphia Officials for Funding Announcement on I-95last_img read more

Softball: Badgers bouncing back in big way in 2016

first_imgThe 2016 season for the University of Wisconsin softball team started off with a bang, with the Badgers taking down opponents such as the No. 39 California and No. 19 South Florida in February.It was only the first month of the season, but the Badgers were already oozing with confidence.At that point, after a disappointing 21-31 campaign in 2015, it was clear the Badgers were taking names, big and small, across the country and showed no signs of stopping. They were in store for a bounce-back season.Even though most of their games consisted of tournament play for the first few weeks, the Badgers continued carrying the momentum they had begun to build when they started playing a more traditional schedule.Their biggest tests, however, wouldn’t come for a while —  they would finally see how they matched up against the Big Ten Conference. The Badgers would play 26 games before they saw another Big Ten team in action.Their first Big Ten team was Michigan State University, who the Badgers defeated 2-1 in the series. Momentum continued for the team, and they started to find themselves in the position to take on highly-ranked teams within their own conference.This was all in head coach Yvette Healy’s mind when she started the season.“Every year we talk about ‘How can you have a good Big Ten season?’” Healy said. “You try to say ‘try to get a win against everybody’ and when you’re really good you try to sweep a couple of teams.”Healy got her wish — Wisconsin has acquired wins from every Big Ten team they have met this season.Perhaps one of their biggest wins came when Wisconsin stumped Minnesota at home. Minnesota, which is currently ranked No. 21 nationally, is a tough opponent to beat.With wins against Minnesota and University of Illinois, it is clear this underdog team is capable of taking on anyone. While their national ranking of No. 69 might not show their true potential, it is clear this is a team on the rise in the Big Ten.“It doesn’t matter what team we face, we can take on anybody,” sophomore infielder Sam Arnets said. “No matter their numbers, no matter how good of pitching they have, we can take them on.”Arnets believes inexperience was one of the major downfalls of last year’s struggling team, which was comprised mostly of underclassmen.Softball: Freshman standout continues to make strides in debut seasonThe University of Wisconsin softball team won 21 games last season and at the time, Melanie Cross was playing softball Read…“Coach Healy talks about experience and being there,” Arnets said. “I think that last year was really hard because we were a really young team and we didn’t have that [Big Ten] experience. We struggled early on.”Above all, perhaps the most impressive milestone the Badgers reached this season was a win against Northwestern in their final home series of the season, which gave UW 10 Big Ten wins on the season.Healy believes for a team like this, one of the more telling marks of achievement in a season is reaching double-digit wins in a conference like the Big Ten.“Trying to get to 10 Big Ten wins is a big benchmark, so any season that you can put up double digit wins in the Big Ten you’re a quality program,” Healy said. “In the scope of the 20 years of the program, it doesn’t happen that often, so I think that it’s a special day.”Softball: Badgers take one of three against Northwestern in final outing at GoodmanThe University of Wisconsin women’s softball team had a fairly momentous weekend, taking on the Northwestern Wildcats in their last Read…The Badgers aren’t looking to settle at 10 wins, with one final series before the Big Ten Tournament against Nebraska where they can build on an already-successful season.last_img read more