GIR Construction Update: June 3, 2010
First Phase of Girard Avenue Interchange Reconstruction Nearing Completion
The first (I-95/GR0) of six phases (GR1-GR5) of reconstruction of the Girard Avenue Interchange and adjacent sections of I-95 is nearing completion with the northbound Aramingo Avenue connector carrying traffic, the new temporary off-ramp in place and work underway to complete the ramp’s connection with Aramingo Avenue.
Crews have completed construction of the temporary southbound off-ramp – built immediately adjacent to the existing off-ramp – and are working to create a signalized intersection with southbound Aramingo Avenue prior to opening the ramp to traffic. The off-ramp, which is expected to be opened to traffic by the end of June, will give I-95 motorists – as well as surface-road traffic – direct access to the waterfront along Delaware Avenue via Aramingo Avenue.
The southbound-only section of Aramingo Avenue was created last month when PennDOT shifted northbound traffic onto the new connector that was built through the interchange. After the shift, workers began rebuilding the old northbound lanes of Aramingo Avenue between Delaware Avenue and Norris Street for use by southbound-only traffic.
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.
All the improvements being completed under I-95/GR0 are designed to move traffic between the interstate ramp/Aramingo Avenue and Delaware Avenue/the waterfront during the five future construction stages.
• Girard Avenue Ramp to I-95 North detoured