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Betsy Ross Bridge Interchange Construction Update: Fall 2016

Sep 26, 2016

Ramp Paving Continues at the B. Ross Bridge/Aramingo Interchange

Ramp construction and paving continue this fall at the I-95/Betsy Ross Bridge/Aramingo Avenue Interchange in Philadelphia under a $160.2 million project to improve access between I-95,  Aramingo Avenue and the Betsy Ross Bridge. The work is part of the first of four contracts that will improve the interchange and rebuild and widen almost one mile of I-95 adjacent to the interchange.

Traffic heading to the Betsy Ross Bridge from I-95 south was placed on a new ramp in August using a temporary connection between the interstate and the main section of the ramp. Crews then began dismantling the old ramp in order to construct the permanent tie-in from I-95 south to the new ramp.

The off-ramp from I-95 south to Aramingo Avenue was closed in early fall for construction of a replacement ramp. The old ramp (right) is being demolished this fall and rebuilt as part of a new ramp that will merge with the new ramp that also is under construction between the bridge and Aramingo Avenue. This new ramp (top left) will provide a direct connection between the bridge and the communities on the west side of the interstate that has been missing from the interchange.  About two-thirds of this new ramp is in place and being paved this fall. The remaining, western one-third of the new ramp will be built in place of the soon-to-be-demolished ramp from I-95 south to Aramingo Avenue.

Deck and parapet construction will  finish this fall on the western half of the new ramp from Aramingo Avenue to the bridge. Piers for the middle portion of this new ramp, which passes under the new ramp from Aramingo Avenue to I-95 south, are under construction.

New steel girders are in place and deck construction is underway for the new, widened section of the ramp from Aramingo Avenue to I-95 south (left). The original ramp to I-95 south has been closed since early this year while the old ramp was dismantled and new support piers for the new, widened ramp were built. The new concrete deck of the lower portion of this ramp is in place.

Additional improvements to other ramps at this interchange will be constructed in a separate project that will go to bid at the completion of design engineering.

Improved storm water connections also have been made from the residential area (Bridesburg) on the east side of I-95 to a new box culvert that has been constructed.

PennDOT is maintaining three travel lanes in each direction on I-95 at the interchange during construction; however, overnight lane closures may occur during traffic pattern changes and for stages of construction in the center of the interstate.

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.