PennDOT Starts $160 Million Project to Improve Connections
at I-95/Betsy Ross Bridge/Aramingo Avenue Interchange
Nighttime Restrictions Next Week on I-95 and Aramingo Avenue in Philadelphia
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will start construction Monday (March 23) on a $160.2 million project to rebuild ramps and improve connections at the interchange of Interstate 95, Betsy Ross Bridge and Aramingo Avenue in Philadelphia.
PennDOT’s contractor will work through fall 2017 to rebuild most of the existing ramps at the interchange, and to build missing ramps to provide a direct connection between the Betsy Ross Bridge and Aramingo Avenue.
Over the next two years, PennDOT’s contractor will improve the interchange by:
• Constructing a new ramp to carry westbound traffic from the Betsy Ross Bridge over I-95 to Aramingo Avenue;
• Building a new ramp to carry Aramingo Avenue traffic to the Betsy Ross Bridge;
• Widening the bridge on the ramp carrying northbound I-95 traffic to Aramingo Avenue;
• Widening and replacing the bridge deck on the ramp over Aramingo Avenue, Conrail and Frankford Creek that carries Aramingo Avenue traffic to I-95 South;
• Relocating and replacing the ramp carrying southbound traffic over I-95 to the Betsy Ross Bridge;
• Rehabilitating the bridge on the ramp carrying southbound I-95 traffic to Aramingo Avenue;
• Widening and replacing the bridge deck over Aramingo Avenue that carries traffic from the northbound and southbound I-95 and westbound Betsy Ross Bridge to Aramingo Avenue;
• Removing and relocating a Philadelphia Water Department storm sewer culvert;
• Installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Richmond Street and the westbound exit ramp from the Betsy Ross Bridge;
• Installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Richmond Street and East Bristol Street;
• Relocating Philadelphia Gas Works’ gas mains under abandoned Thompson Street (work to be performed by PGW);
• Relocating PECO Energy underground electric lines under abandoned Thompson Street (work to be performed by PECO Energy); and
• Removing the abandoned Thompson Street bridge over Frankford Creek.
PennDOT will maintain three travel lanes in each direction on I-95 at the interchange during construction; however, overnight lane closures will occur for implementing new traffic patterns and building three new piers in the center of the highway. The ramps connecting I-95 and the Betsy Ross Bridge will remain open to traffic.
Two ramps at the interchange will close temporarily during construction but not simultaneously. The southbound I-95 off-ramp to Aramingo Avenue will close for 5 ½ months and the Aramingo Avenue on-ramp to I-95 South will close for 8 ½ months. The ramp closures are expected to occur in 2016 and 2017.
In addition to ramp improvements, the project includes the installation of eight closed circuit highway cameras, four dynamic message signs and one portable dynamic message sign in the vicinity of the I-95/Betsy Ross Bridge/Aramingo Avenue Interchange.
The joint venture of Driscoll Construction Company, Inc. of Blue Bell, Pa. and Richard E. Pierson Construction Company, Inc. of Woodstown, N.J. is the general contractor on the $160,296,564 project. The transportation improvement project is financed with 100 percent federal funds.
For more information, visit www.95revive.com.