Cultural and archaeological findings uncovered and preserved
Extensive archaeological research to unearth, document and preserve artifacts is being conducted as part of the overall I-95/Girard Avenue Interchange project. Many fascinating pieces of the history of life along the Delaware River have been uncovered, including the Aramingo Canal, a timber-lined waterway that still exists and runs under the interchange.
The artifacts will be sent to the Pennsylvania State Museum and/or displayed locally after the project is completed. Project archaeologists have produced detailed reports describing and interpreting the history revealed by their findings. PennDOT has hosted several displays of archaeological artifacts, including “Digging the City,” an exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum from September 2012 to February 2013.
Historic items to be used to create public art
In addition to archaeological artifacts, the project will salvage a number of items from the Cramp Building, the last remaining structure from the former William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Company. The building itself was demolished to make way for new interchange ramps. PennDOT is working with local industrial artists to identify items -- such as cranes, railings, gears, wood flooring and metal fencing -- that may be used as part of the GIR project or in future public art displays in the project area. Artwork could include narrative histories and information about the project area and its role in Philadelphia’s history.