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CP2 Largest PennDOT Project Ever

Jun 21, 2012

PennDOT Awards Record Contract for Second Stage of I-95/Cottman Avenue Interchange Improvement in Philadelphia

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced the award of the largest construction contract in agency history, a $212.3 million contract to improve Interstate 95 and its interchange at Cottman Avenue (Route 73) in Northeast Philadelphia.

“This record-setting contract is for the second stage of our two-stage program to improve travel through the I-95/Cottman Avenue Interchange by building new ramps, upgrading local streets and providing a continuous fourth travel lane in each direction on the interstate,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said.

“We are addressing critical roadway, bridge and utility infrastructure needs at this heavily-traveled interchange to provide motorists with smoother travel for years ahead,” Toaso added.

PennDOT awarded the low-bid $212,325,000 contract to Walsh Construction Company II, LLC of Canonsburg, Pa. The contract is financed with 90 percent federal and 10 percent state funds.

Construction is scheduled to begin in August and finish in late summer 2017.

The first phase of work will focus on major utility replacements along Wissinoming Street. Mainline construction on I-95 could start as early as fall 2013 to prepare the highway’s shoulders and median for construction.

PennDOT’s contractor will rebuild 1.4 miles of I-95 between Levick Street and Bleigh Avenue; replace seven structurally deficient bridges on the interstate and widen another; build a new on-ramp to southbound I-95 from Cottman Avenue (Route 73); upgrade four existing ramps; extend Princeton Avenue eastbound to Milnor Street; reconstruct New State Road; build 13 retaining walls; replace an 84-inch diameter water main and a 10.5-foot-high by 10.5-foot-wide sewer box culvert along Wissinoming Street; and install storm water drainage pipes and Intelligent Transportation System equipment.

This contract follows the $34 million project that is nearing completion at the I-95/Cottman Avenue Interchange. In this first stage of construction, crews built two new ramps and improved Cottman Avenue, Princeton Avenue and State Road to move traffic to and from I-95 in a manner that enhances the Tacony neighborhood. Construction began in 2009 and will finish later this summer.

The average daily traffic volume on I-95 at the Cottman Avenue Interchange (Route 73) is 128,000.

PennDOT’s previous record for the largest single construction contract was $105,415,093, which was bid in December 2010 for the widening and reconstruction of Route 202 in East Whiteland and Tredyffrin townships, Chester County.

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 major highways before heading out.

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