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I-95 Section GIR (I-95/GIR)

Reconstruction of the Girard Avenue Interchange and adjacent segments of I-95 -- from Allegheny Avenue south through the Interstate 676 Interchange at Race Street -- is about a third of the way to completion.


Beginning construction in 2009 with temporary improvements to the southbound off-ramp and Aramingo Avenue, PennDOT has since relocated and significantly improved a stretch of Richmond Street to make way for total reconstruction of the new northbound viaduct, demolished the northbound viaduct between Palmer and Ann streets, and finished widening and rebuilding a 1,200-foot section of I-95 between Palmer Street and Frankford Avenue, at the southern end of the interchange.


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urrent construction is rebuilding northbound I-95 from Palmer Street to Allegheny Avenue, including  a new viaduct between Palmer and Ann streets with new northbound off-and on-ramps at Richmond Street/Delaware Avenue. These contracts are headed for completion in 2018. Go here for the latest Construction Update.


In 2018, PennDOT expects to begin demolition and reconstruction of  southbound I-95 from Allegheny Avenue to Palmer Street, including new southbound off- and on-ramps. Two additional GIR project phases will rebuild northbound and southbound I-95 between Frankford Avenue and Race Street, near the approach to I-676. Completion of these phases will finish construction on the overall Girard Avenue Interchange project in 2028 or later.


Scroll down for details of the individual Sections of I-95/GIR.


I-95, Section GR0

Construction Cost: $8.8 million
General Contractor: James J. Anderson Construction, Philadelphia PA
Construction Start: September 2009
Construction Completed: July 2010

Section Details

  • Construct a temporary off-ramp adjacent to the existing southbound off-ramp at Girard Avenue to provide access to Delaware Avenue via southbound Aramingo Avenue;
  • Reconstruct new lanes to carry northbound Aramingo Avenue on a new alignment between Delaware Avenue and York Street, including a spur that provides access to I-95 south;
  • Drainage improvements, highway lighting and utility relocations.

(These temporary improvements will be replaced with permanent improvements in Section GR4.)


I-95, Section GR1

Construction Cost: $91.3 million
General Contractor: James J. Anderson Construction, Philadelphia, PA
Construction Start: November 2011
Construction Completion: 2017

Section Details

  • Reconstruct and widen Richmond Street on its existing alignment between Aramingo Avenue and Cumberland Street;
  • Reconstruct and widen Richmond Street on a new alignment shifted east between Cumberland and Ann streets;
  • Improve Richmond Street intersections at Cumberland, Sergeant, Huntingdon, Somerset, Cambria and Ann streets;
  • Construct signalized intersections at Richmond Street and Lehigh Avenue and at Richmond Street and Girard Avenue;
  • Include painted bike lanes on Richmond Street;
  • Replace two Conrail bridges over Richmond Street near Lehigh Avenue with four separate railroad structures, reconstructing Conrail tracks and sidings for the Port Richmond Yard;
  • Reconstruct and rehabilitate the Girard Avenue bridge over the northbound Aramingo Avenue;
  • Relocate utilities underground along Richmond Street and adjacent streets to the west;
  • Reconstruct the SEPTA Route 15 trolley line along Girard Avenue and Richmond Street;
  • Deploy Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) devices -- including arterial dynamic message signs (ADMS), traffic cameras, travel-time sensors, etc. -- along arterial routes adjacent to I-95 between the Broad Street and Betsy Ross Bridge interchanges to assist PennDOT and the City of Philadelphia during traffic and incident management operations.


SEPTA
’s Route 15 trolley is being re-routed during construction between Frankford Avenue and Westmoreland Station using various bus routes.


I-95, Section GR2

Construction Cost: $39.3 million
General Contractor: James J. Anderson Construction, Philadelphia, PA
Construction Start : Oct. 2012
Construction Completed: 2016

Section Details

  • Widen and reconstruct I-95 from south of Shackamaxon Street to north of Columbia Avenue to provide four through lanes in each direction and a fifth auxiliary lane for ramp traffic entering and exiting I-95 between interchanges at Girard Avenue and Interstate 676;
  • Replace I-95 bridges over Shackamaxon and Marlborough streets and Columbia Avenue;
  • Construct five retaining walls to support embankments along I-95;
  • Install noise barrier walls on both sides of I-95 with clear acrylic panels at the top to preserve views of the river and views from surrounding neighborhoods;
  • Relocate utilities underground along Marlborough Street;
  • Deploy ITS devices along I-676 and I-95 to assist PennDOT and the City during traffic and incident management operations;
  • Build sustainable enhancements adjacent to and beneath I-95, including repurposed salvage for public art, low-maintenance landscaping, urban storm water management devices, light-emitting diode (LED) street and underpass lighting, and thematic form-liners for decorative treatment of bridge abutment walls.


I-95, Section GR3

Construction Cost: $211.7 million
General Contractor: James J. Anderson Construction, Philadelphia, PA
Currently Under Construction
Construction Start : 2014
Construction Completion: 2018

Section Details

  • Widen and reconstruct northbound I-95 from Columbia Avenue to north of Ann Street to provide four through lanes in each direction and a fifth auxiliary 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;
  • Construct a temporary detour road (Allen Street) to carry traffic detoured from the northbound on-ramp at Girard Avenue during construction of the new on-ramp;
  • Reconstruct Delaware Avenue between Columbia Avenue and Dyott Street;
  • Construct three retaining walls to support embankments along I-95;
  • Complete construction of the northbound noise barrier wall, started in Section GR2, to just north of Columbia Avenue;
  • Construct direct outfalls to the Delaware River to support PADEP (PA Department of Environmental Protection) and Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) initiatives to separate storm and sanitary runoffs;
  • Temporarily realign the intersection at Delaware and Aramingo avenues;
  • Construct signalized intersection at Delaware 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;
  • Install ITS devices along I-95 and adjacent regional routes, 8ncluding I-76 and U.S. 322, to assist PennDOT and the City during traffic and incident management operations.


I-95, Section GR4

Construction Start : 2018 (projected)
Construction Completed: 2023 (projected)

Section Details

  • Widen and reconstruct southbound I-95 from Columbia Avenue to north of Ann Street to provide four through lanes in each direction and a fifth auxiliary lane for ramp traffic entering and exiting I-95 between interchanges at Girard Avenue and Allegheny Avenue;
  • Reconstruct southbound on-off ramps at Girard Avenue;
  • Replace four continuous southbound bridges carrying I-95 over Palmer-to-Ann streets, two southbound ramp bridges, and southbound Aramingo Avenue over Girard Avenue ramps;
  • Construct a temporary detour road to carry ramp traffic during construction;
  • Relocate utilities underground along Aramingo Avenue;
  • Construct three retaining walls to support embankments along I-95;
  • Install noise barrier walls along southbound I-95 and Aramingo Avenue;
  • Build sustainable enhancements adjacent to and beneath I-95, including low-maintenance landscaping, urban storm water management devices, public spaces, LED street and understructure lighting, and thematic formliners for decorative treatment of bridge abutment walls;
  • Install and upgrade Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) devices along I-95 and adjacent regional routes, including U.S. 1 and U.S. 322, to assist PennDOT and the City of Philadelphia with traffic and incident management operations.


I-95, Sections GR5 and GR6

Construction Start: GR5 2024 (projected)
                               GR6 2021 (projected)
Construction Completed: GR5 2028 (projected)
                                         GR6 2015 (projected)

Section Details

  • Reconstruct and widen I-676/Vine Street ramp connections with I-95 northbound and southbound;
  • Rehabilitate or replace I-95 bridges over Race Street, Callowhill Street, Spring Garden Street, Fairmount Avenue, Brown Street, and Ellen Street-to-Frankford Avenue;
  • Construct retaining walls to support embankments along I-95;
  • Realign sections of Poplar, New Market, Front and Laurel streets at I-95;
  • Construct retaining walls to support embankments;
  • Install noise barrier walls along northbound and southbound I-95;
  • Build sustainable enhancements adjacent to and beneath I-95;
  • Relocate utilities (TBD);
  • Install Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) devices.