The 3rd Avenue Streetscaping Project was undertaken to improve ADA accessibility, expand bicycle and pedestrian facilities, improve traffic operations, and enhance aesthetics and safety between the new train station site and downtown Coatesville. The project initiates transit-oriented development, promotes area-wide revitalization, and expands parking options for train passengers.
Streetscaping along the four-block stretch of 3rd Avenue between Fleetwood Street at the train station and Lincoln Highway (Route 30) was completed in conjunction with the train station development project. In addition to repaving 3rd Avenue, the $1 million streetscaping initiative included:
- ADA-compliant sidewalks, ramps, and crosswalks;
- New lighting and planters;
- Modernized traffic signals and signage; and
- Bicycle racks.
As part of the project, the Olivet United Methodist Church parking lot at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Fleetwood Street was improved and made available to train passengers.
Construction began in July 2017 and 3rd Avenue completely re-opened to traffic before Thanksgiving. Remaining tasks were completed by late 2018, and the church parking lot opened to train passengers in February 2019.
The project was led by the City of Coatesville Redevelopment Authority with additional funding by PennDOT and the Federal Transit Administration.