May 5, 2023 – The reconstruction of Allegheny Avenue between Richmond Street and Delaware Avenue in Port Richmond continues this spring as the contractor installs a new, 42-inch storm sewer under the westbound side of Allegheny Avenue. The work is part of PennDOT’s $31.2 million I-95/AF2 project.
Westbound Allegheny Avenue traffic has shifted onto the rebuilt eastbound side as the westbound side is being rebuilt. Eastbound Allegheny Avenue continues to be detoured to Richmond Street, Castor Avenue, and Delaware Avenue for the duration of this construction phase.
Also, PennDOT’s contractor closed the Bath Street intersection with Allegheny Avenue for two weeks in early May to complete utility work at the intersection. Traffic heading for Allegheny Avenue is detoured west from the northbound I-95 off-ramp at E Westmoreland Street to Richmond Street and Castor Avenue.
In 2022, Castor Avenue was reconstructed between Richmond Street and Delaware Avenue, and Delaware Avenue was reconstructed between Castor Avenue and Allegheny Avenue, including the intersection at Castor and Delaware avenues.
Additional work on the AF2 project that will be done this year includes the installation of a section of storm sewer under the railroad tracks at the Allegheny/Delaware avenue intersection and completion of improvements at that intersection, and improvements to Allegheny Avenue between I-95 and Richmond Street.
Improving these surface streets in Port Richmond will improve traffic movement to and from the I-95/Allegheny Avenue Interchange and reduce commercial traffic in adjacent neighborhoods. The interchange will be improved under subsequent projects to rebuild northbound (Section AF3) and southbound (Section AF4) I-95 at the interchange.
AF2 construction is expected to be completed in November 2023. James J. Anderson Construction, of Philadelphia, is the general contractor.