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BRI Construction Update Winter 2024

Ramp Improvement Contract at Betsy Ross Interchange Substantially Completed

December 18, 2023 – The rebuilt and improved ramps from the Betsy Ross Bridge and Aramingo Avenue to southbound Interstate 95 were opened to traffic in November 2023 (see below), substantially completing PennDOT’s $93 million project (I-95/BR2) to replace four ramp structures at the interchange in Philadelphia.

The new ramp from the Bridge that sweeps over the interstate and turns south to connect with the rebuilt ramp from Aramingo Avenue approaching the merge with southbound I-95 had been under construction since late 2020.

The ramp from northbound I-95 to the Bridge also was rebuilt (see right). The ramp remained open to traffic during construction while a new ramp structure was built over the Frankford Creek.

Also constructed under the BR2 contract was the connecting section of the new ramp from the Bridge with the ramp to I-95 north. The remainder of this ramp will be rehabilitated during the upcoming reconstruction of northbound I-95 (BR3).

Improvements that wrapped up in 2020 on the west side of the Betsy Ross Interchange — including widening Aramingo Avenue (BS4) and construction of the Adams Avenue Connector (H04) — 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 one 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 rehabilitate 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.