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​CAP Construction Update: Spring 2024

New Cap Construction Continues This Spring Over I-95 at Penn’s Landing

April 16, 2024 – With demolition of the Chestnut Street bridge and the adjacent cover over Interstate 95 between Chestnut and Sansom streets completed over two weekends in February 2024 (see below), work is now underway on the new covering over I-95 and Columbus Boulevard at Penn’s Landing in Center City Philadelphia. View a timelapse of the demolition here.

Operations to safely remove the massive concrete structure spanning the interstate required complete closure of the northbound and southbound lanes of I-95 in Center City on separate winter weekends. Both demolition operations — which required extensive planning and coordination between PennDOT, its contractor and construction managers, design consultants, Philadelphia police, and transportation officials — finished earlier than anticipated.

Other closures and lane restrictions on I-95 may take place during later stages of the project, which is scheduled to finish in 2028.

Crews in late 2023 began removing other existing structures over I-95 adjacent to the covered area, including the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge over Columbus Boulevard and the adjoining staircase and rotunda on the east side of the boulevard at Penn’s Landing.

Following demolition of the existing concrete cover, sheet pile shoring was installed along Front Street (see above) before the installation of H-piles that are needed to enlarge the existing abutment and retaining wall footings that will support the new cap structure. Work on the Front Street abutment will continue into this fall.

Workers this spring will also continue construction of support foundations for the new South Street pedestrian bridge (see below) that will extend the crossing from the existing terminus on the east side of I-95 to the east side of Columbus Boulevard. The bridge itself is being assembled on a vacated parking lot on Columbus Boulevard near South Street. It will be lifted into place once assembly is completed.

The existing pedestrian bridge will remain open during this work with only minor interruptions. Pedestrians and cyclists are also able to travel between Penn’s Landing and Front Street using Dock Street and Market Street during CAP construction.

Extensive utility placements and relocations are also underway across the project area.

In fall 2023, PennDOT relocated the Irish Memorial, the Scottish Memorial, and several other fixtures from the memorial site on the existing cover to a temporary location at nearby Foglietta Plaza on Spruce Street near Front Street (see below). The memorials remain accessible to visitors and will be returned to the new covered area at the completion of construction.

Work on PennDOT’s $328.9 million I-95 Central Access Philadelphia (CAP) project began last summer (2023) with much of the early-stage work focused on the extensive relocation of utilities across the wide project area.

In addition to replacing the cap over I-95 between Chestnut and Sansom streets, the I-95 Central Access Philadelphia (CAP) Project will improve pedestrian and multi-modal connections between Center City and the waterfront. The project has two main components: a new Park at Penn’s Landing, and a new signature bridge at South Street, both of which will also extend over Columbus Boulevard to connect cyclists and pedestrians to the newly completed Delaware River Trail.

The new Park will be an 11.5-acre civic space spanning I-95 and Columbus Boulevard between Chestnut and Walnut streets, extending from Front Street to the Delaware River. It will include gardens, play areas, flexible open space, and a mass-timber Pavilion.

During construction, I-95 motorists will experience minor lane shifts on the mainline and adjacent ramps. Other travel restrictions also will take place on I-95 and adjacent surface streets — including Columbus Boulevard and Front Street, during various phases of construction.

Pedestrian access between Center City and the waterfront will also be maintained on Dock Street and Market Street during construction.

Additional project details, construction updates, project detours, and other information will be available on this website and at ParkatPennsLanding.com.

The project is financed with federal, local, and private funds.