Northbound Reconstruction Wrapping Up this Summer
Reconstruction and widening of Interstate 95 north at the Cottman Avenue (Route 73) Interchange in Northeast Philadelphia will wrap up by early fall as crews complete concrete paving along the 1.4 mile work zone. Current construction is the third major stage of work on PennDOT’s $212 million project to rebuild and improve the interchange and the adjoining section of I-95.
With the concrete decks of the northbound side of seven northbound bridges in place, crews are now focused on paving the widened northbound lanes from Levick Street to Bleigh Avenue (right). The new I-95 pavement consists of 14-inches of ‘long-life’ concrete placed over an asphalt base.
New northbound and southbound bridges are now in place over Bleigh Avenue, Cottman Avenue, Princeton Avenue, New State Road, Longshore Avenue, Unruh Avenue, and Magee Avenue. This summer, crews will begin building new sidewalks and installing LED lighting on the underside of the new bridges.
All the new bridges also have decorative abutment walls depicting various icons that define the adjacent neighborhoods. LED (light emitting diode) lighting that is being installed at the underpasses are part of the quality-of-life enhancements that resulted from interaction between PennDOT and the community Sustainable Action Committee (SAC) during the project’s design phase.
In addition, the extension of Princeton Avenue along side the on-ramp to I-95 north as a separate, eastbound only road between Torresdale Avenue and Milnor Street will be paved later this year following installation of a storm sewer line.
Painting of the lengthy retaining walls (right) along the northbound lanes in most areas from north of Bleigh Avenue to New State Road also will finish this summer.
On the west side of I-95, crews continue the relocation of a large water main in the area south of Cottman Avenue once occupied by a section of Wissinoming Street.
PennDOT will install a new water main along Bleigh Avenue in the vicinity of I-95. The utility upgrade is being done as part of the improvements to the Cottman Avenue Interchange.
When northbound paving finishes, three lanes of northbound traffic will be shifted onto the new pavement, allowing crews to reconstruct the median shoulders and install the new median barrier glare screen along the entire work area. The median work will finish the widening and reconstruction on I-95 at the interchange.
When main line reconstruction is completed late this year, the Cottman Avenue (Route 73) Interchange project will provide four through lanes in each direction between the Cottman Avenue (Route 73) and Bridge Street interchanges. Construction on I-95 at the Cottman Avenue Interchange began in fall 2012.
Walsh Construction Company of Canonsburg, Pa. is the general contractor on the $212.3 million contract, which at the time was the largest single construction contract in PennDOT history.