Utility Relocation, Demolition Underway at Cottman Interchange Area
Crews continue to relocate electric and other above ground utilities along Cottman Avenue and State Road, and demolition crews are removing structures that have been purchased for improvements during the early stages of work on the first of two phases of construction to improve the to the I-95/Cottman Avenue Interchange in Northeast Philadelphia.
PennDOT expects the above-ground utility work to continue until July. Once poles and lines are moved, construction will begin to widen Cottman Avenue to three lanes between State Road and Torresdale Avenue. State Road also will be rebuilt to include an additional southbound lane between Princeton and Cottman avenues.
Excavation to replace a water main on Princeton Avenue between State Road and Wissinoming Street is expected to be underway in July as well.
PennDOT also is installing a series of traffic cameras in the area in advance of construction on the new ramps that will be built under the first stage project. The cameras will be monitored at PennDOT’s Traffic Control Center in King of Prussia to keep traffic moving through the construction zone by quickly dispatching crews and equipment if incidents occur in the work area.
Once the cameras are in place, work will begin to build the new southbound on-ramp from State Road at Longshore Avenue. Barrier has been placed along the shoulder on I-95 South at the interchange to provide a safe work area for crews who will build the new ramp.
A new ramp also will be built to provide access to the Princeton Avenue on-ramp to I-95 North from Milnor Street beginning later this summer. Retaining walls will be constructed along Milnor Street in the first phase of work on the new ramp.
The first construction stage at Cottman Avenue, I-95/CP1, is expected to be completed in May 2011. Stage 2 reconstruction of the interchange and adjoining sections of I-95 is scheduled to begin in 2011.