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Construction Update

Betsy Ross/Aramingo Avenue Status: Summer 2015

Jul 13, 2015
Pier Construction Continues for Ramp Improvements to B. Ross Bridge/Aramingo Interchange

Pier construction continues along the southbound side of Interstate 95 at the Betsy Ross Bridge/Aramingo Avenue Interchange along with utility and drainage work on Aramingo Avenue under the first of three contracts to improve access between I-95 and Aramingo Avenue and the Betsy Ross Bridge.

The majority of the work on the $160.2 million project is taking place within the sprawling ramp complex at the interchange where crews are building supports for widening the ramp from Aramingo Avenue to I-95 south and widening the bridge on the ramp from I-95 north to Aramingo Avenue.

Construction crews also have started work to remove and rebuild three existing columns located in I-95’s median at the interchange. The old columns were remnants of the unfinished plan to connect Aramingo Avenue to the Betsy Ross Bridge. The replacement columns will support the new ramp to the bridge that is being built under this contract.

PennDOT will maintain three travel lanes in each direction on I-95 at the interchange during construction; however, overnight lane closures will occur for implementing new traffic patterns and building three new piers in the center of the highway during upcoming stages of the contract.

PennDOT’s contractor will work through fall 2017 to rebuild most of the existing ramps at the interchange and to build new ramps to connect the bridge and Aramingo Avenue. That work includes:

•     Constructing a new ramp to carry westbound traffic from the Betsy Ross Bridge over I-95 to Aramingo Avenue;

•     Building a new ramp to carry Aramingo Avenue traffic to the Betsy Ross Bridge;

•     Widening the bridge on the ramp carrying northbound I-95 traffic to Aramingo Avenue;

•     Widening and replacing the bridge deck on the ramp over Aramingo Avenue, Conrail and Frankford Creek that carries Aramingo Avenue traffic to I-95 South;

•     Relocating and replacing the ramp carrying southbound traffic over I-95 to the Betsy Ross Bridge;

•     Rehabilitating the bridge on the ramp carrying southbound I-95 traffic to Aramingo Avenue;  and      

    Widening and replacing the bridge deck over Aramingo Avenue that carries traffic from the northbound and southbound I-95 and westbound Betsy Ross Bridge to Aramingo Avenue.

Additional to the relocation of the storm sewer culvert, the initial contract includes installation of new traffic signals along Richmond Street in the vicinity of the interchange; relocating Philadelphia Gas Works’ gas mains under abandoned Thompson Street;  relocating PECO Energy underground electric lines under abandoned Thompson Street and removing the abandoned Thompson Street bridge over Frankford Creek.