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Traffic and Pedestrian Advisory:
Chestnut Street Development

Drexel University and American Campus Communities have begun a major project that will transform Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets into a new gateway for Drexel and University City. The new complex will feature student housing and retail space. Construction has already begun with a targeted completion date of September 2013.

With this construction there will be changes in traffic and pedestrian patterns that you should be aware of:

  • Starting 3pm on Friday, February 10, 2012, a new traffic signal and mid-block crosswalk will open in the 3200 block of Chestnut Street. At that time, the sidewalk on the south side of Chestnut Street will be closed to all pedestrian traffic from 32nd to 33rd Streets.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of Chestnut Street will remain open. Anyone needing to enter the Creese Student Center or MacAlister Hall must use the north side sidewalk and then cross Chestnut Street at the new mid-block crosswalk where the traffic light has been installed. 
  • Drexel Police Officers will be stationed to 32nd, 33rd, and the 100 block of South 33rd Streets to assist and direct pedestrians during this transition.
  • The SEPTA bus stop at 32nd and Chestnut Streets has been moved closer to 31st Street on Chestnut. SEPTA will post signs indicating stop location.
  • A traffic light and crosswalk have also been installed on 33rd Street just south of Chestnut.

These changes will affect our travel patterns, so we implore you to follow the simple but essential safety tips listed below that we should always practice.

Be careful at crossings: look before you step

  • Obey traffic signals such as WALK / DON'T WALK signs.
  • Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections. It’s illegal to jaywalk.
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.
  • Watch for turning vehicles; make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.
  • Look across ALL lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Just because one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop.
  • Don't wear headphones, talk on a cell phone, or text while walking and crossing the street.  

Be safe and be seen: make yourself visible to drivers

  • Wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials.
  • Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
  • Cross in a well-lit area at night.
  • Stand clear of buses, parked cars, or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.

Be smart and alert: avoid dangerous behaviors

  • Always walk on the sidewalk or designated construction safety lanes.
  • Don't assume vehicles will stop; make eye contact with drivers; don't just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, they may not be paying enough attention to drive safely.
  • Don't rely solely on pedestrian signals; look before you cross the road.
  • Stay sober; walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck.
  • Be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces.

The Drexel University Department of Public Safety is dedicated to the safety of our campus community and we are seeking your assistance to help make traffic and pedestrian safety a high priority.