RAMP PIERS RISING IN A BUSY WORK AREA BENEATH I-95 AT GIRARD AVENUE INTERCHANGE
Pier construction for a temporary southbound off-ramp is underway alongside the existing off-ramp in a busy work area beneath the Girard Avenue Exit of I-95 north of Center City Philadelphia.
Over the next several months, crews will continue to build supports – foundations, pier stems and pier caps – for the new ramp, which will connect with Aramingo Avenue at a temporary traffic signal south of Norris Street.
When the connection is made (near the completion of this first of six stages of the overall Girard Avenue Interchange Improvement Project in 2010), that section of Aramingo will be converted to carry southbound-only vehicles. The stage-one improvements are designed to move traffic from I-95, and from the surface roads north of the interchange, directly to Delaware Avenue, or to the existing ramp to I-95 south.
Also at the interchange, earthwork continues to raise the elevation of the infield area to create the at-grade intersection of the ramp and Aramingo Avenue south. Equipment operators have removed remnants of the old spur that connected Aramingo Avenue with Delaware Avenue, along with the old ramp from Girard Avenue to Aramingo Avenue and 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.
As excavation continues, crews are installing a subsurface drainage system that will carry storm water runoff from the improved interchange.
Beneath I-95, work also is underway on a new connector spur that will carry northbound traffic between Delaware and Aramingo avenues. A large segment of that new spur will run roughly along the path of the ramp that had previously served motorists traveling between Girard and Aramingo avenues.
In related activities, workers are making adjustments to the existing intersection of Delaware Avenue and the ramp to I-95 north on the east side of the interchange. The changes will create a new intersection that accesses the Aramingo Avenue spur ramp that currently is under construction.
The work is being done under the first of six I-95/Girard Avenue Interchange projects (I-95/GR0). The improvements are designed to move traffic more efficiently through the interchange area during upcoming construction that will upgrade the ramps and rebuild sections of I-95 and its structures on both sides of the interchange.