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

Syracuse tries to give back to troops in Fort Drum stay

first_img Published on August 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb FORT DRUM, N.Y. — As much as head coach Scott Shafer praises the troops at Fort Drum for how they influence his Syracuse program, the feeling is mutual.“They look up to the players,” Dave Doyle, commander of the second brigade combat team at Fort Drum, said of the troops. “Some of the players that these troops are going to eat breakfast with are going to be on the field matching skills against some of the best players in the country. They’ll remember that.The Orange is back in Fort Drum for training camp for the third year in a row, and the budding relationship indicates that the tradition won’t be ending anytime soon. Syracuse kicked off its stay at the army reservation, which is situated just Northeast of Watertown, N.Y., on Tuesday and will interact with troops on the base each day until Friday.Former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone started the trend in 2012, and his successor Shafer  — whose uncle, cousin and two grandfathers all served in the military — gladly carries it on.Some of the troops that the Orange interacted with last year were deployed to Afghanistan but have returned in time to reconnect with the players all over again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“To me, coming from a big military family, I’m taken back when I get around you guys,” Shafer said in a press conference after his team’s practice Tuesday. “It’s just great to be part of this. I’m looking forward to meeting the new faces and new names and I hope some of those troops and players can rekindle their relationships.”SU benefits from the experience in three major ways, Shafer said.“For our guys to sit across from the troops,” Shafer said, “and understand, ‘Hey, I’m 21. He’s 21. He’s up in the mountains in Afghanistan putting it on the line for our country so I can go out and play football,’ that’s the first thing we get out of it.”The Orange also learns how to maximize its small-group leadership from the Fort Drum troops, the head coach added, but the trip is also a chance to offer something in return to the troops.“Anything that we can give back to them in some small degree — and that’s all it is, really, is a small degree — is something that we take great pride in,” Shafer said. “I think this thing is just going to blow up in the next few years and I’m excited to be a small part of that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Clippers training camp: 5 key questions as Kawhi Leonard, Paul George team up

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The fact that Leonard and George, both Southern California natives, chose to join forces on the Clippers rather than gravitating to the Lakers, long the NBA’s glamour team, produced a juicy NBA plot twist. It also makes owner Steve Ballmer’s plans to compete for championships — that’s championships, plural — feel plausible.The “era” that Clippers officials talk about starts now, when for the first time in years, the Warriors won’t enter the season as the oddsmakers’ favorites to win it all, replaced by the two L.A. teams — including the one that has its sights set on raising its first championship banner.When the Clippers fly to Hawaii this week for training camp, they’ll be packing unprecedented expectations, pressure and all the questions that come with it.Here’s a glimpse at some of the unknowns facing the 2019-20 Clippers as they prepare for the Oct. 22 opener against the Lakers:1. How much of a load will Kawhi carry?  What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Leonard played only 60 of 82 regular-season games in his one supremely successful season in Toronto, where the Raptors’ decision to pace the superstar prepared him for a monster postseason title run (30 points, 49 percent shooting, 9.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and a second NBA Finals MVP trophy).That strategy seemed to work, but will it be necessary this season? Might it be prudent?The Clippers have indicated they won’t be playing by a hard-and-fast schedule, though they can be expected to lean on their depth to do their best to keep Leonard (and colleagues) rested.“At the end of the day, there will be guys who sit games, I’m sure, or be rested,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said, noting that last season Leonard was coming off an injury (the quadriceps issue that famously limited him to nine games in his last season with the San Antonio Spurs). “We’ve never had a load management issue with our teams, we practice the proper amount, we do the things the right way … so I don’t anticipate that being an issue.”2. What’s up with Paul George’s shoulders?Following the best statistical output of his career last season with Oklahoma City, George underwent surgeries in May and June for partial labrum tears in both shoulders. The Thunder said then only that the MVP finalist’s status would to be evaluated before the start of the season, and reports since suggest fans can expect anywhere from a week-to-six weeks absence.Although George has been a regular recently in offseason runs with his new teammates at the Clippers’ training facility, neither he nor his new team have divulged a specific target for his return.“There’s no set date,” George said during his introductory news conference in July. “I’ve been progressing really well. I’m at a great point in my rehab. We’ll take our time and look forward to returning whenever that day is.”3. Are those holes or infinite possibilities? Depending how you look at it, the Clippers either are lacking depth at point guard and center or way ahead of the game with their stockpile of versatile pieces elsewhere on the court.Having traded Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as part of the deal for George, Patrick Beverley is the only proven NBA point guard left on a roster that otherwise features only guards known more as scorers or off-ball threats than traditional facilitators.In the post, they’ve got 7-foot-1 Ivica Zubac, the 22-year-old former Laker who re-signed with the Clippers this summer on a four-year, $28 million deal. And they’ve got the 6-8 Montrezl Harrell imposing his will off the bench, most likely. But behind them, there’s only rookie Mfiondu Kabengele and two-way returner Johnathan Motley.The rest of the roster is filled with enviable grit and versatility. JaMychal Green and Patrick Patterson could fit at power forward alongside Zubac or Harrell or as small-ball centers beside George and Leonard, and Maurice Harkless are Rodney McGruder are swingmen capable of defending multiple positions.George and Leonard, of course, are multi-faceted stars who can play on- or off-ball, shoot, drive and defend with the best.“(Rivers) puts guys in position to succeed and play to their strengths,” said Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations. “So what may, on the board, look like, ‘Oh we lack this position,’ well, maybe he’s gonna make those adjustments and (we) won’t.”4. What happens in closing time?Last season, when the Clippers most needed a bucket — or lots of them — late, they turned to Lou Williams. The sensational reserve delivered, taking over in historic comebacks and hitting game-winners, time and again lifting a squad without any All-Stars to unexpected heights.What does adding a pair of superstars mean for Williams, now the Clippers’ professional third scorer? Will the 6-1 veteran, who doesn’t ask to be known for his defense, prove effective as a collaborator? He did average career-high 5.4 assists last season.“It’s more closing plays now than who the closer is,” Rivers said. “You know who the closers are — the fact that that’s plural is a very good thing, and now it’ll be the closing lineups, the closing sets, the closing formations.”5. No pressure, no diamonds?Maybe it’s not title or bust for the Clippers, but the team that was predicted to win 30-some games last season, and that’s never gotten past the Western Conference semifinals, is now favored to win it all, according to oddsmakers and many aficionados alike.How will they wear such lofty expectations?Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Tired: Do the Clippers have any hope of making the playoffs? Can they actually attract a star in free agency?Wired: Where does their new superstar duo rank all-time? Will the Clippers be charting a parade route come June?Throw out last season’s answer key; the test ahead will present vastly different, higher-stakes questions — and if the Clippers get the answers right, book an extra few weeks to finish the exam.The Clippers shook the basketball world this summer by bringing aboard All-NBA wings Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, adding two “1 percenters” to a spirited nucleus that won 48 regular-season games before making the defending champion Golden State Warriors sweat in the first round of the playoffs. Rivers, who won the 2008 NBA title with the Boston Celtics, said he’ll instruct his squad to wrap its arms around the pressure: “Players rarely get themselves in a position where they actually have a chance, and so the same thing with coaches, so when you get your opportunity, you shouldn’t run from it. Or fear that you could do well. When you think of the logic of that, to me, that has never made sense.“I don’t want any of our guys running from expectations, I also don’t want them up on the mountain top yelling what they are, you know? We just gotta do it.”last_img read more