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Betsy Ross Interchange Construction Update: Summer 2016

Jun 24, 2016

Ramp Paving at the B. Ross Bridge/Aramingo Interchange

Paving continues this summer on three new ramps and two existing ramps that are being widened and rebuilt under a $160.2 million project to improve access between I-95,  Aramingo Avenue, and the Betsy Ross Bridge. The work is being done under the first of three contracts to improve the interchange and rebuild and widen almost one mile of I-95 adjacent to the interchange.

Deck construction has been completed on the section of the new ramp from I-95 south that rises up and over I-95 to a connection with the Betsy Ross Bridge. Traffic has been shifted onto the new ramp utilizing a temporary ramp from I-95 (right) that allows crews to dismantle the existing ramp and finish the permanent connection with I-95 south.

Deck construction also continues on the new ramp from Aramingo Avenue to the bridge. The western third — over Aramingo Avenue — and the eastern third — over I-95 — of this ramp structure are in place and being paved. Piers for the middle portion of this new ramp, which will pass under the widened and rebuilt ramp from Aramingo Avenue to I-95 south, are under construction.

Pier construction also continues for a new ramp from Aramingo Avenue to I-95 south. This ramp, which was closed prior to the start of construction on it in 2015, and some of its piers have been dismantled and are being replaced. The lower portion of this ramp, which remains open to carry traffic to a ramp to I-95 north, is being widened.The widened portion of the ramp also is being paved this summer.

Paving also is underway on the new ramp from the Betsy Ross Bridge to Aramingo Avenue. The new ramp connects with the ramp from I-95 north, which is being widened while remaining open to traffic.

All the new ramps to and from the bridge are connecting with the at-grade sections of the unfinished ramps on the east side of I-95. The stub ends of those ramps , which were built in the 1970’s along with the new bridge but never completed, were dismantled late last year.

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.

Construction of a large, pre-cast box culvert that tunnels through the interchange area to carry storm water to a controlled outfall in the adjacent Frankford Creek, has been completed. New storm water connections from the residential area (Bridesburg) on the east side of I-95 (right) also are in place (right).

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.