A section of Richmond Street in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, which had been closed for almost two years for reconstruction related to the Interstate 95/Girard Avenue Interchange improvement project, has been reopened, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
Richmond Street reopened November 23 to northbound and southbound traffic between Lehigh Avenue and Ann Street. Richmond Street has been closed since February 2014 for realignment, installation of a large sewer main interceptor at Somerset Street, and for the replacement of the nearby Conrail overpass. The single railroad overpass was replaced with three new railroad bridges serving Conrail’s riverfront facility located east of I-95.
The reconstruction and improvement of Richmond Street is part of a $91.3 million contract for the reconstruction and improvement of the Girard Avenue Interchange and the adjoining sections of I-95. James J. Anderson Construction Company, Inc. of Philadelphia is the general contractor. Currently, work is underway on three separate construction contracts valued at $342 million to improve the interchange and highway.
The opening of Richmond Street comes in advance of the impending closure in early December of the on-ramp to I-95 north at the Girard Avenue Interchange for 18 months. PennDOT’s contractor is rebuilding the northbound on-and-off ramps at the interchange as part of the reconstruction of I-95’s northbound viaduct between Palmer Street and Ann Street. During the ramp closure, traffic will be detoured north on Richmond Street to a new, temporary road that runs along I-95 north between Ann Street and Allegheny Avenue.
For more information on I-95 improvement projects, visit www.95revive.com.