July 8, 2009
Utility Relocation, Demolition Continue at Cottman Interchange Area
Work continues on the relocation of electric and other above ground utilities along Cottman Avenue and State Road, and on a new water main under Princeton Avenue east of State Road. Demolition crews also 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.
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 Street. 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.
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.