Construction Update

BSR/BRI/Aramingo Avenue Construction Update: Spring 2018

Construction of Adams Avenue Connector Progressing, Replacement of Aramingo Avenue Bridge over Frankford Creek Underway

April 2018 – Construction of the Adams Avenue Connector is progressing eastward from Tacony Street toward its connections with the new ramps at the I-95/Betsy Ross Bridge Interchange and a new, signalized intersection with Aramingo Avenue.

Adams Avenue Connector being prepared for pavement

Crews this spring will finish placing the curbs and concrete base pavement before placing the final road surface later this spring. 

PennDOT is building a 2,200 foot extension of Adams Avenue — the Connector —  that winds between a new intersection with Tacony Street and Aramingo Avenue. Along the way the Connector will tie in to the new ramps to and from Interstate 95 and the Betsy Ross Bridge on the west side of Aramingo Avenue. 

Workers preparing the new Adams Avenue Connector

Work began this spring to rebuild the 900-foot section of Adams Avenue from a new intersection with Torresdale Avenue (above), passing under the Amtrak overpass, to where it connects with the new Tacony Street intersection. Adams Avenue will be closed and detoured later this spring between Torresdale Avenue and Tacony Street for this construction.

Map of Adams Avenue Connector project areaAs part of that work, a new sidewalk will be built along the west side of Adams Avenue to connect with a 12-foot wide segment of the Frankford Creek Greenway multi-use trail that will be built under this project along the west side of the Connector to Aramingo Avenue.

Crews last fall finished installation of new water mains along Torresdale Avenue between Frankford Avenue and Adams Avenue, part of early-stage construction on the Adams Avenue Connector. New sidewalks and curb will be constructed along the west side of Torresdale Avenue as one of the final stages of the project next spring.

Work on the extension of Adams Avenue is being coordinated with construction underway concurrently to widen and improve Aramingo Avenue between Church Street and Wheatsheaf Lane (I-95/BS4).

Aramingo Avenue Improvements

Demolition and reconstruction of the western half of the Aramingo Avenue bridge over the Frankford Creek is underway (below) and will continue over the coming months. The bridge is being built a half-at-a-time in order to maintain traffic flow on Aramingo Avenue, with one lane northbound and two lanes southbound through the work area.

Excavating for the new Aramingo Avenue Bridge

As the southbound side of the structure is rebuilt, Aramingo Avenue is being widened on both sides of the bridge.  Over the course of construction, Aramingo Avenue will be widened to include four lanes between Wheatsheaf Lane and Adams Avenue and six lanes from Adams Avenue to Church Street, with turn lanes to Church Street, the ramps to I-95 and the bridge, and to Adams Avenue.

Widening Aramingo Avenue under I-95
PennDOT is reconstructing, extending and improving both Adams Avenue and Aramingo Avenue to improve connections between the I-95 interchanges at Bridge Street and the Betsy Ross Bridge. The work is being done under an $81 million contract to jointly improve both roads.