Saint Joseph’s is prioritizing and moving ahead with achieving a key component of the campus master plan: a pedestrian underpass that will provide a safe and direct connection between the two sides of City Avenue. The project includes the construction of a bridge structure beneath City Avenue to allow for a 21-foot-wide, ADA-accessible pathway, which will be named Post Crossing in honor of distinguished alumnus John R. Post ’60, for his longtime support of the University.
Saint Joseph's faculty, students and staff cross City Avenue to reach their destinations on either side of campus many times per day. The West Philadelphia and Lower Merion communities frequently also use these intersections to gain access to the picturesque campus for recreation. It is common to see people jogging, pushing strollers, and walking dogs across the campus, and ultimately across City Avenue.
To date the University has already received $6 million in public funding. PennDot and The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have each committed $3 million each to advance this project, as it will impact not just the University but also the surrounding neighborhoods and commuters on City Avenue.
The construction schedule for the pedestrian underpass:
COMPLETE: City Avenue Utility Relocations
June 2023 - March 2024: City Avenue Bridge Construction
April 2024 - July 2024: Interior Work and On-Campus Sitework