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Girard Interchange Construction Update: Summer 2016

Jun 22, 2016

Construction of New Northbound Viaduct, New Off-On Ramps, at Girard Interchange Progressing

Construction of the new northbound viaduct at the Interstate 95 Girard Avenue Interchange continues to progress from Ann Street toward Palmer Street as concrete paving crews follow ironworkers who are installing beams and setting reinforcing steel atop the new beams on the mile-long structure.

As iron workers move north-to-south placing the structural components of the new viaduct, paving crews are following close at their heels placing the concrete deck and steadily expanding the area of new northbound pavement between the Allegheny Avenue off ramp and the rebuilt northbound pavement near Palmer Street that was completed in late 2015.

At the sprawling, mile-long work area situated between I-95 and relocated Richmond Street and Delaware Avenue, crews also are working at ground level to build the viaduct’s remaining support piers.  Demolition workers continue taking down the remnants of the former northbound structure at the southern end.

In areas where demolition and reconstruction cross over surface streets in the vicinity of the Interchange, motorists are encountering intermittent street closures, detours, and stoppages for a variety of construction operations.

Utility Work Continues on Richmond Street
Widespread construction continues at the lower end of the viaduct, where a single lane of northbound and southbound Delaware Avenue courses through the work zone between Girard and Columbia avenues. Utility work (below, right) along and under Delaware Avenue — the first stage of widening and reconstructing the riverfront arterial — continues through the end of the year.

This stretch of Delaware Avenue is being widened and rebuilt to provide access to and from the new entrance and exit ramps for I-95 north that are in early stages of construction between Girard Avenue and Aramingo Avenue. Work also continues this summer on the piers and abutments that will support the new ramps.

Progress on Delaware Avenue improvements has allowed PennDOT to reopen access to northbound Aramingo Avenue.

Once the new northbound Girard Avenue off-ramp is in place and in use at the new interchange in 2017, the existing northbound off-ramp (Exit 23) will be removed. Construction to widen Delaware Avenue will then be completed.

The old on-ramp to I-95 north also is permanently closed and has been demolished as part of the viaduct reconstruction. Motorists who previously used the entrance ramp are being detoured north on Richmond Street to a temporary detour road that PennDOT built alongside I-95 north between Cambria Street and Allegheny Avenue. The detour takes motorists east on Allegheny, north on N. Delaware Avenue, and west on Castor Avenue to the on-ramp to I-95 north..

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

As part of the I-95 improvements between Palmer Street and Frankford Avenue, noise walls were installed and I-95 bridges over Columbia Avenue, Marlborough Street and Shackamaxon Street were replaced. 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. 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.