RAMP, UTILITY CONSTRUCTION CONTINUE BENEATH I-95 AT GIRARD AVENUE INTERCHANGE
A variety of construction activities are underway this fall on the first of several contracts that comprise PennDOT’s overall initiative to rebuild and improve the Girard Avenue Interchange and adjacent sections of I-95 near Center City Philadelphia.
Working behind concrete safety barrier that is in place along the southbound off-ramp to Girard Avenue, crews continue removing the existing parapet and the light poles and other attachments to the ramp’s side-wall. Pile drivers at work between the southbound interstate and the ramp are sinking shoring and piers for a sign structure and for the new ramp that will be built adjacent to the existing ramp.
Beneath the existing ramp, equipment operators are removing remnants of the old spur that connected Aramingo Avenue with Delaware Avenue along with the old ramp from Girard Avenue to I-95 north. A posted detour directs eastbound Girard Avenue drivers onto Richmond Street and the ramp to I-95 north or access to northbound Aramingo Avenue.
The adjacent infield area is being re-graded to carry the new of off-ramp from I-95 south. The ramp will carry traffic from I-95 to a temporary traffic signal that will be installed on Aramingo Avenue. Over the next several months, crews will continue to build supports – foundations, pier stems and pier caps – for the new ramp.
Work also is underway in the infield area to construct a new connector between Delaware and Aramingo avenues. Sections of the connector’s base are in place. The connector will carry northbound Aramingo Avenue traffic through the interchange area during upcoming work at the interchange.
The busy infield area, which also houses the project’s temporary concrete batch plant, finds a number of other crews working on other details of the project.
Workers are drilling holes to pump grout that will support and reinforce underground utility lines during ramp construction, and nearby, crews have installed vertical drains (small flags mark the drains) for the ramp's embankment.
This first of six I-95/Girard Avenue Interchange projects (I-95/GR0) is designed to move traffic more efficiently through the interchange area during upcoming construction to improve the interchange and reconstruct I-95 and its structures on both sides of the interchange.