CONNECTOR ROAD, TEMPORARY RAMP TAKING SHAPE AT I-95/GIRARD AVENUE INTERCHANGE
A mid-winter snapshot of the ongoing construction at the Girard Avenue Interchange shows a relocated section of Aramingo Avenue north taking shape between the columns supporting Interstate 95 and workers continuing construction of piers for a temporary southbound off-ramp.
About half of the connector road that will carry northbound Aramingo Avenue traffic through the interchange to a new signalized intersection with existing Aramingo Avenue near Norris Street has been excavated and graded with a stone base. Road-building crews are working their way across the interchange’s infield area to the point of connection with Aramigo Avenue.
The interchange’s infield has been re-graded to accommodate the connector and the temporary ramp. New drainage inlets are in place along the connector’s alignment, and an embankment has been built at the point where the temporary ramp will meet Aramingo Avenue at a signalized intersection.
At the conclusion of the current project later this year, Aramingo Avenue will be converted to southbound only between the new intersection with the northbound connecting road and Delaware Avenue.
Some work also has been done on the east side of the interchange where the connector will tie-in with Delaware Avenue near the existing northbound on-ramp. Crews there have removed a concrete island from Delaware Avenue and excavated the area in early-stage work to create an intersection with the connector.
Structure builders also continue working on support columns for the temporary off-ramp, which is under construction immediately adjacent to the existing ramp. Several pier columns are in place, and workers are building pier caps atop the columns. Bridge beams will be set atop the completed caps to support the ramp’s deck, which will be under construction this summer.
During construction at the interchange, the ramp from Girard Avenue to I-95 north is closed. A posted detour directs eastbound drivers onto Richmond Street, where they can access northbound Aramingo Avenue and the ramp to I-95 north .
The improvements, which are being completed under the initial stage (I-95/GR0) of the overall project (I-95/GIR) to rebuild the interchange and adjoining sections of interstate highway, are designed to move traffic between the interstate ramp/Aramingo Avenue and Delaware Avenue and the waterfront during the five future construction stages.