PennDOT Awards $211 Million Contract for Interstate 95 Improvement Near Girard Avenue Interchange in Philadelphia
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently awarded a $211.7 million contract to James J. Anderson Construction Co., Inc. of Philadelphia to rebuild and improve 1.5 miles of northbound Interstate 95 between the Girard Avenue and Allegheny Avenue interchanges in Philadelphia.
This contract, the second largest in PennDOT history, is the fourth of six to move to construction as part of PennDOT’s program to rebuild and improve the I-95/Girard Avenue Interchange and three miles of the interstate from Race Street to just south of Allegheny Avenue.
“This contract award is another step forward in our plan to address the structural deterioration of this aging part of I-95 and to add a fourth through lane to enhance traffic flow and safety on this critical artery,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said.
Under this contract, crews will rebuild and widen the northbound side of I-95 from Columbia Avenue to just south of the Allegheny Avenue interchange.
The improvement plan includes the reconstruction of the northbound ramps at the Girard Avenue Interchange; the replacement of five northbound bridges; the reconstruction and improvement of Delaware Avenue between Columbia Avenue and Aramingo Avenue; and the relocation of underground and aerial utility lines.
Construction is scheduled to start in late winter 2014 and finish in summer 2018. Nearly all work next year will take place below I-95 on surface streets as crews relocate utilities, build new bridge piers and retaining walls, and work on Delaware Avenue. Construction on the interstate will commence in early 2015.
Starting in 2015, PennDOT’s contractor will rebuild and widen northbound I-95 in four stages so three travel lanes can remain open in each direction during construction. Northbound and southbound traffic patterns will shift with each stage of the project.
Construction is financed with 100 percent federal funds.
Two projects in the area of the I-95/Girard Avenue Interchange are currently in construction as part of PennDOT’s six-phase improvement program.
Crews are presently rebuilding and improving local surface streets, replacing bridges and relocating major utility lines near the interchange under a $91.2 million project that began in December 2011 and will finish in fall 2015. Construction also is advancing on a $39 million project to widen and rebuild I-95 immediately south of the interchange and replace three interstate bridges between Columbia Avenue and Shackamaxon Street. This project began in fall 2012 and will finish in 2015. The first project at the interchange was completed in 2010.
The final two improvement projects are in engineering design. One project is for the reconstruction and widening of southbound I-95 from just south of the Allegheny Avenue Interchange to Columbia Avenue, and the other for rebuilding and widening I-95 between Race Street and Shackamaxon Street. Both projects will start construction at different times over the next several years.
PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to www.511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on I-95 and other major highways before heading out.
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