GIR Construction Update: July 6, 2010
First Phase of Girard Avenue Interchange Reconstruction Completed
The first (I-95/GR0) of six phases (GR1-GR5) of reconstruction of the Interstate 95/Girard Avenue Interchange has been completed. The temporary southbound off-ramp constructed adjacent to the existing off-ramp is in service, and the northbound Aramingo Avenue connector constructed through the interchange area also is carrying traffic between Delaware Avenue and Aramingo Avenue.
These two improvements are designed to move traffic between the interstate ramp/Aramingo Avenue and Delaware Avenue/the waterfront now and during the five future construction stages to rebuild the interchange and adjacent sections of I-95.
The off-ramp allows traffic from I-95 to proceed directly to the Delaware Avenue waterfront via Aramingo Avenue, which has been converted to the southbound-only direction at a new signals installed at the base of the ramp.
The southbound-only section of Aramingo Avenue was created when PennDOT shifted northbound traffic onto the new connector that was built through the interchange in May. Girard Avenue access to I-95 south also was restored with the opening of the connector. Northbound traffic on the connector can turn right onto Aramingo Avenue north or onto Aramingo Avenue south for access to the ramp to I-95 south.
The next stage of construction on the I-95/Girard Avenue project (I95/GR1) is expected to go to construction in 2011.