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Girard Avenue NB Ramp Reopens

Oct 16, 2017
October 15, 2017 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that the new ramp from Richmond Street at the Girard Avenue Interchange to northbound Interstate 95 in Philadelphia opened Monday evening, a day ahead of the scheduled opening. The ramp had been closed since December 2015.

The ramp opening substantially completes construction of a new northbound Girard Avenue Interchange that was built as part of the $212 million project to replace the viaduct. The mile-long, 49-span structure, under construction since mid-2015, carries I-95 over parts of the Fishtown and Port Richmond neighborhoods.

The new interchange is accessible from Richmond Street at a new signalized intersection between Aramingo Avenue and Girard Avenue. A new northbound off-ramp, situated adjacent to the new on-ramp, was opened in May 2017.

Prior to opening the new ramp to I-95 North, crews last week shifted three through lanes of northbound I-95 traffic onto the rebuilt northbound lanes between Columbia Avenue and the ramp to Allegheny Avenue. The new on-ramp will continue as a fourth, extended ramp lane to the off-ramp at Allegheny Avenue.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling on I-95 through the work areas because slowdowns will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

Following the traffic shift, work will get underway to dismantle the remaining, inside section of the old northbound viaduct and complete construction of the new viaduct. The entire northbound viaduct is expected to be completed in late 2018.

With the new ramp from Richmond Street to I-95 North reopened, PennDOT will close the temporary detour road that was built for traffic heading to the northbound on-ramp at Castor Avenue. The temporary road, which runs along the northbound side of I-95 from Ann Street to Allegheny Avenue, will be reopened during the reconstruction of the southbound lanes of I-95 between Allegheny Avenue and Columbia Avenue.

Reconstruction of the southbound lanes of I-95 between the Allegheny Avenue and Girard Avenue interchanges, including the southbound viaduct between Ann and Palmer streets, is scheduled to begin in early 2018.

Current work at the Girard Avenue Interchange is being done under the fifth-of-seven contracts, or sections, to rebuild, widen and improve I-95 between the Allegheny Avenue and Interstate 676 interchanges, including reconstruction of the Girard Avenue Interchange. PennDOT already has invested more than $351 million to rebuild I-95 at Girard Avenue.

For more information on I-95 improvement projects, visit www.95revive.com.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

A list of weekly road restrictions and PennDOT maintenance operations in the five-county Philadelphia region is available by visiting the District 6 Traffic Bulletin at www.penndot.gov/District6.   


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