October 23, 2023 – Deck and parapet construction on the rebuilt ramps from the Betsy Ross Bridge and Aramingo Avenue to southbound Interstate 95 will finish and the ramps reopened to motorists in late November to substantially complete PennDOT’s $93 million I-95/BR2 project to replace four ramp structures at the I-95/Betsy Ross Bridge Interchange in Philadelphia.
The new ramp from the Bridge that sweeps over the interstate and turns south to connect with the ramp from Aramingo Avenue before merging with southbound I-95, along with the ramp from Aramingo Avenue to I-95 south, has been under construction since mid-2022.
During the remaining ramp construction, all traffic to I-95 south continues to run through the interchange at Aramingo Avenue, using the westbound Adams Avenue Connector as part of the detour route. Motorists are being directed to the I-95 south on-ramp at the Bridge Street Interchange. The detour will remain in place until the ramps are completed and opened to traffic.
Improvements that wrapped up in 2020 on the west side of the Betsy Ross interchange — including widening Aramingo Avenue and construction of the Adams Avenue Connector — were designed to enhance traffic flow on the surface streets between the adjacent Betsy Ross Bridge and Bridge Street interchanges.
Two additional contracts, Sections BR3 and BR4, will reconstruct almost a mile of I-95’s mainline between the Betsy Ross Bridge and Bridge Street interchanges. Section BR3, which will reconstruct the northbound lanes of I-95 and replace two additional ramps, is scheduled for construction in 2024. Southbound I-95 reconstruction at the interchange is currently scheduled for 2026. The first ramp replacement contract at the interchange, Section BR0, was completed in 2017.