Motorists using State Road in the vicinity of the Interstate 95 Cottman Avenue Interchange in Philadelphia will encounter a new traffic pattern south of Princeton Avenue beginning Thursday, January 12, that separates drivers wanting to access I-95 south from drivers wanting to access New State Road, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
The new pattern, which will be put in place after 8:00 PM Tuesday depending on the weather, will allow the Philadelphia Water Department to redirect a water line near the I-95 Cottman Avenue Interchange. The traffic pattern shift may be in place for several months due to the weather-sensitive nature of the operation.
The new pattern will split southbound State Road traffic heading for the on-ramp at Longshore Avenue to the right at Princeton Avenue. Southbound traffic headed for New State Road and the Tacony Palmyra Bridge will be shifted to the left at the intersection.
Under the new pattern, northbound State Road will remain open to local traffic only between Longshore Avenue and Disston Street.
Drivers are advised to allow extra time for travel through the work zone.
This temporary traffic pattern is part of PennDOT’s $218 million project to rebuild the Cottman Avenue (Route 73) Interchange and reconstruct and widen I-95 between Bleigh Avenue and Levick Street. On December 21, PennDOT completed mainline construction on I-95 between the Cottman Avenue and Bridge Street interchanges and fully opened the highway to four through lanes in each direction.
Walsh Construction Company II, LLC of Canonsburg, Pa. is the general contractor on the project, which is financed with 90 percent federal and 10 percent state funds.