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Girard Avenue Interchange Construction Update: Spring 2017

Mar 24, 2017
Work Continues on New Viaduct, New Interchange on Richmond Street

May 2017 - Moderate temperatures allowed construction to continue on the new northbound viaduct at the Interstate 95 Girard Avenue Interchange over the winter, expanding the area where the concrete deck is in place on the new structure as far south as the new northbound ramps near Aramingo Avenue.

Four new northbound lanes of concrete pavement (right) are now in place from the new interchange to the northern end of the viaduct at Ann Street, and from Ann Street north on embankment to the Allegheny Avenue off-ramp.

Crews will continue concrete placement and parapet construction on the viaduct this spring working their way south.

The new northbound off-ramp to Richmond Street (below) opens on May 24. The new off-ramp 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. The old on-ramp has been closed and detoured since December 2015.

The old off-ramp to Delaware Avenue (below) closes permanently with the opening of the new off-ramp, allowing crews to demolish the old ramp structure. With the old ramp removed, the remaining section of the old northbound viaduct, which needed to remain in place to channel traffic to the old off-ramp, will be dismantled. The remaining section of new viaduct will then be built in its place.

Improvements to Delaware Avenue between Columbia Avenue and Aramingo Avenue also will be completed once the old off-ramp is removed.
PennDOT expects completion of improvements to the northbound side of I-95 at the Girard Avenue Interchange in late 2018.

Finished Construction
Under improvements completed during earlier stages of construction at the interchange,  Richmond Street (below) was widened reconstructed and relocated to the east from Ann Street to the new intersection with Delaware Avenue and Aramingo Avenue.  These 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 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.

Following reconstruction of the northbound side of I-95 in 2018, the next construction contract will rebuild the southbound side 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.