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PennDOT Awards Contract to Improve Aramingo Avenue, Extend Adams Avenue at Betsy Ross Bridge Interchange

December 27, 2016 - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has awarded an $81 million contract to A.P. Construction, Inc., of Blackwood, NJ, to improve and extend Adams Avenue to the new Interstate 95 ramps for the Betsy Ross Bridge and reconstruct and widen Aramingo Avenue in the vicinity of the new ramps.  
Under the $81,022,883 contract, PennDOT will reconstruct Adams Avenue between Torresdale Avenue and Ashland Street and extend Adams Avenue (Adams Avenue Connector) from its current terminus at Ashland Street to the new ramp complex currently under construction at the I-95 interchange along Aramingo Avenue.

Aramingo Avenue also will be rebuilt and widened between Church Street and Wheatsheaf Lane to include four through lanes and turn lanes at signalized intersections with Church Street, the new Adams Avenue Connector, and the reconstructed and expanded ramps to and from I-95 and the Betsy Ross Bridge. In addition, the Aramingo Avenue Bridge over Frankford Creek, located adjacent to the interchange area, will be reconstructed. 

Adams Avenue improvements also include:

  • Construction of left and right turn lanes on Torresdale Avenue at Adams Avenue;
  • Realignment of the intersection of Adams Avenue and Tacony Street;
  • Construction of a section of a multi-use trail (Frankford Creek Greenway); and
  • Installation of new traffic signals, overhead message signs, landscaping and new street lights at several locations.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2017 and be completed in fall 2020.

This project is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.

The work on Adams Avenue and Aramingo Avenue is being done as part of PennDOT’s long-term initiative to improve the I-95 interchanges at Bridge Street and the Betsy Ross Bridge/Aramingo Avenue and reconstruct adjacent sections of I-95.

Construction is currently underway on the first of three contracts at the Betsy Ross Bridge/Aramingo Avenue Interchange. Improvements to the Bridge Street Interchange are under design, with the first of three remaining Bridge Street Interchange contracts scheduled to go to construction in 2018.