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GIR Construction Update: Summer 2017

Jul 12, 2017

Work Continues on New Viaduct, New Interchange on Richmond Street

Summer 2017 - Construction of the new northbound viaduct at the Interstate 95 Girard Avenue Interchange is now focused on completing the southern section of the structure, including the approach to the new northbound off-ramp to Delaware Avenue.

With all traces of the old ramp now removed (left), crews will finish building the permanent approach to the new off-ramp, which will exit northbound I-95 near the Columbia Avenue overpass and cut on a slight diagonal to connect to the main portion of the new ramp that takes traffic to Richmond Street. Northbound motorists exiting at Girard Avenue are currently connecting to the new off-ramp by way of a temporary approach through cattle chutes.

Removal of the old ramp allowed crews to demolish the remaining segment of the old viaduct near Palmer Street.

As the ramp approach is being complete, crews continue pouring concrete for three-of-the-four new northbound lanes as they work their way south paving and placing parapets and lighting across the sprawling structure.

The new viaduct is paved between Ann Street and the Richmond Street off-on ramps. New northbound paving also is in place from Ann Street to the off-ramp to Allegheny Avenue, creating a ribbon of more than two miles of new concrete for northbound I-95.

When the current, three lane segment of the new northbound viaduct is completed this fall, three lanes of northbound traffic will be shifted onto the new structure. This will allow demolition crews to remove the remaining, inside section of the old northbound viaduct -- which has remained in place so that three northbound lanes could be maintained during construction -- between Palmer and Ann streets.

The inside section of the northbound viaduct will be built. Completion of all northbound work is expected in mid-2018.

The new northbound off-ramp to Richmond Street takes motorists to new signalized intersection at Richmond Street, between Girard and Aramingo avenues. The new northbound on-ramp, which also will be accessed at the new intersection, is expected to open this fall.

Removal of the old ramp also allows crews to finish improvements to Delaware Avenue. That riverfront arterial is being widened and reconstructed between Columbia Avenue and Aramingo Avenue to improve access to and from the new interchange on Delaware Avenue just north of Aramingo Avenue.

Following reconstruction of the northbound side of I-95 at Girard Avenue, the next construction contract will rebuild the southbound side (above) of I-95, including the southbound viaduct, between Allegheny Avenue and Palmer Street.  Reconstruction and widening of the southbound side of I-95 is scheduled to begin in 2018, with demolition of the southbound viaduct between Ann and Palmer streets anticipated to begin in 2019.

Two additional contracts slated for construction after 2020 will rebuild the northbound and southbound I-95 viaducts between Frankford Avenue and Race Street, near the I-676 Interchange.

Finished Construction
Under improvements completed during earlier stages of construction at the interchange,  Richmond Street (right) was widened reconstructed and relocated to the east from Ann Street to the new intersection with Delaware Avenue and Aramingo Avenue.  The improvements to Richmond Street also included replacement of the old Conrail overpass between Lehigh Avenue and Somerset Street with three new bridges and installation of a new sanitary sewer collection system (sewer interceptor) at Somerset Street as part of the Richmond Street improvements.

Construction wrapped up in late 2015 at the southern end of the I-95 Girard Avenue Interchange, where crews rebuilt and widened 1,200 feet of I-95 between Palmer Street and Frankford Avenue to four lanes in each direction.

Earlier completed I-95 improvements south of Palmer Street also included installation of noise walls(right) and replacement of I-95 bridges over Columbia Avenue, Marlborough Street (right) and Shackamaxon Street. The new bridges have decorative walls and LED (Light
Emitting Diode) lighting. Special landscaped areas also were planted along Richmond Street adjacent to I-95. These quality of life enhancements were the result of interactions between PennDOT and community groups represented on the I-95 Sustainable Actions Committee (SAC).

PennDOT's $42.9 million project to rebuild the 1,200 feet of I-95 south of the Girard Avenue Interchange and replace the bridges over Shackamaxon Street, Marlborough Street and Columbia Avenue won the 2015 Project-of-the-Year awards from the Delaware Valley Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers.