Bids were opened on Oct. 31, 2013 for the fourth-of-six phases (Section GR3) of I-95 reconstruction at the Girard Avenue Interchange. James J. Anderson Construction, of Philadelphia, is the apparent low bidder, submitting a price proposal of $211,763,226 to rebuild the northbound lanes of I-95 between Palmer and Ann streets.
Utility work and construction of surface street improvements will begin in early 2014, with mainline reconstruction expected to be under way in 2015.
Section GR3 Details
- Widen and reconstruct northbound I-95 from Palmer Street to north of Ann Street to provide four through lanes in each direction and a fifth lane for ramp traffic entering and exiting I-95 between interchanges at Girard Avenue and Allegheny Avenue;
- Reconstruct and relocate northbound on-off ramps at Girard Avenue;
- Replace four continuous northbound bridges carrying I-95 over Palmer-to-Ann streets and two northbound ramp bridges;
- Reconstruct Delaware Avenue between Columbia Avenue and Dyott Street;
- Construct three retaining walls to support embankments along I-95;
- Complete construction of the northbound sound wall, started in Section GR2, to just north of Columbia Avenue;
- Construct direct outfalls to the Delaware River to support PennDEP (Department of Environmental Protection) and Philadelphia Water Department initiatives to separate storm and sanitary runoffs;
- Temporarily realign the intersection at Delaware and Aramingo avenues;
- Construct signalized intersection at Columbia and Aramingo avenue;
- Relocate utilities underground along Delaware Avenue;
- Build sustainable enhancements adjacent to and beneath I-95, including low-maintenance landscaping, progressive storm water management devices, public spaces, LED street and understructure lighting and thematic form-liners for decorative treatment of bridge abutment walls; and
- Install ITS devices along I-95 within the project limits and along adjacent regional routes to assist PennDOT and the City during traffic and incident management operations.