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CAP Demolition to Close I-95 South for 36 Hours February 24-26 in Center City Philadelphia

Motorists urged to avoid closure area between I-676 and Morris Street from 5 PM Saturday to 5 AM Monday

February 12, 2024 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that southbound Interstate 95 will be closed and detoured from Saturday evening, February 24, to Monday morning, February 26, between I-676/Callowhill Street (Exit 22) and the Morris Street on-ramp in Philadelphia. This closure comes as PennDOT continues demolition under its $329 million CAP project to replace and expand the covered area over I-95 in Penn’s Landing.

Weather permitting, motorists are advised of the following travel restrictions:

When I-95 South closes at 5:00 PM on Saturday, February 24, the following four ramps will also be closed:

  • From 6:00 AM Monday, February 19, to mid-March, the Market Street ramp to I-95 South will be closed. Motorists will be directed to follow the posted detour signs to southbound Columbus Boulevard and the on-ramp to I-95 South at Morris Street. Truck traffic will use the Front Street on-ramp to I-95 South.
  • From 5:00 PM Saturday, February 24, to 5:00 AM Monday, February 26, the ramp from I-676 East to I-95 South (Chester/Philadelphia Int’l Airport) will be closed. Motorists will be directed to exit at the Ben Franklin Bridge and use 6th Street, Race Street, and southbound Columbus Boulevard to access the on-ramp to I-95 South at Morris Street. Truck traffic will use the Front Street on-ramp to I-95 South.
  • From 5:00 PM Saturday, February 24, to 5:00 AM Monday, February 26, the ramp from I-95 South to Columbus Boulevard/Washington Avenue (Exit 22) will be closed.
  • The ramp from Lombard Circle to I-95 North will remain closed. The ramp has been closed since January 10. Traffic will be directed to use the northbound ramp from Columbus Boulevard near Catherine Street.

Motorists are advised to avoid the closure area because significant backups and delays will occur on I-95 and several surface streets in the vicinity of the work area.

Several additional regional detours will also be in place that will advise motorists to use the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76, I-476, U.S. 1, the New Jersey Turnpike, I-295, and U.S. 130 to access I-95 South below the closure area.

Electronic message boards on I-76, I-95, I-276, I-476, and other regional transportation arteries in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey will be used to alert motorists about the closure and provide specific alternate routes.

The weekend closures are being coordinated with neighboring states, Delaware and New Jersey, along with the City of Philadelphia, the Sports Complex, SEPTA, and other stakeholders and transportation agencies across the region.

By replacing and extending the cap over I-95 and Columbus Boulevard between Chestnut and Walnut streets, the I-95 Central Access Philadelphia (CAP) Project will improve pedestrian and multimodal 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 amenities including gardens, play areas, flexible open space, a contemplative setting for the Irish and Scottish Memorials, and a mass-timber Pavilion.

Additional project details, construction updates, project detours, and other information are available on this website and at parkatpennslanding.com.