Opening Marks Completion of Mainline Construction on I-95 Cottman Avenue Project
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that Interstate 95 will open to four through lanes tonight, December 21, between the Cottman Avenue and Bridge Street interchanges in Northeast Philadelphia, marking the end of mainline construction on a $212 million project to widen and reconstruct 1.4 miles of I-95 between Bleigh Avenue and Levick Street.
PennDOT began construction in late 2012 to rebuild and expand I-95 to create a fourth through lane in each direction at the Cottman Avenue (Route 73) Interchange. The improvement project also included replacing seven structurally deficient bridges on the interstate; upgrading four existing ramps; constructing 13 retaining walls; and installing storm water drainage pipes and Intelligent Transportation equipment. Next year, crews will complete work to extend Princeton Avenue east to Milnor Street, reconstruct New State Road, install a storm water drainage pipe along Bleigh Avenue, resurface adjacent intersections, and complete other related construction activities. The project is expected to finish in fall 2017.
Crews have worked the past several days to complete line painting and barrier removal, and install safety rumble strips along I-95. They also removed barriers to fully open the rebuilt and widened I-95 north exit ramp to Cottman Avenue (Route 73) as well as the rebuilt and widened two-lane entrance ramp from Princeton Avenue to I-95 north.
The contractor will work today to complete final adjustments on northbound and southbound I-95 and remove construction barrels to fully open the highway to four through lanes between Bridge Street and Cottman Avenue.
Walsh Construction Company II, LLC of Canonsburg, Pa. is the general contractor on the $212,325,000 project, which is financed with 90 percent federal and 10 percent state funds.
PennDOT continues to rebuild I-95 north of Center City Philadelphia as construction is currently underway to reconstruct and improve I-95 at the Girard Avenue and Betsy Ross Bridge/ Aramingo Avenue interchanges. Additional contracts heading for construction in 2017 and beyond include further work at those two interchanges, plus the initial stages of rebuilding and improving the Bridge Street and Allegheny Avenue/Castor Avenue interchanges and adjacent segments of I-95.
For more information on I-95 improvement projects, visit www.95revive.com.
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