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CPR Construction Update: Spring 2024

Replacement Bridge, New Ramp Construction Set for Completion This Spring

April 13, 2024 – Construction is expected to wrap up in late spring at the Interstate 95 Cottman Avenue Interchange in Northeast Philadelphia as crews complete the middle section of the replacement bridge (see below) and adjacent northbound off-ramp and construction on the new ramp from Cottman Avenue to I-95 south.

The new bridge and ramp replace the ones that were destroyed in a June 11, 2023, tanker truck crash. Following the crash, the damaged structure was quickly removed, and I-95 traffic flow was restored in about two weeks on a temporary roadway that was constructed in the center of I-95. The outer sections on the northbound and southbound sides of the bridge were then rebuilt (see right). I-95 traffic was then shifted from the center onto the completed, outside sections of the new bridge last November.

The entire emergency bridge replacement was fast-tracked on a schedule spearheaded by Governor Josh Shapiro and a number of City, State, and Federal transportation officials in response to the catastrophic fire.

Deck paving will be completed on the new bridge’s center span in April. The ramp under the bridge also is being reconstructed and will reopen once the overpass is completed.

Meanwhile, construction is nearing completion on the new Cottman Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-95 (see below) — immediately adjacent to the replacement bridge — under PennDOT’s separate $52.7 million I-95/CP3 project. The new ramp will connect Cottman Avenue directly to southbound I-95.

Work also is underway on rebuilding Wissinoming Street adjacent to southbound I-95 between Cottman and Princeton avenues. The street has been used as a work area during CP3 construction and will reopen with the completion of the ramp.

Utility installation and roadway construction also will wrap up this spring on surface street improvements on State Road, New State Road, Bleigh Avenue, Princeton Avenue, Levick Street, and  Milnor Street in the vicinity of the interchange.

During the remaining construction at the Cottman Avenue Interchange, there may be periodic off-peak travel restrictions on I-95 and pedestrian-posted detours on surface streets around and approaching the Cottman Avenue Interchange.

Under two previous construction projects – CP1, completed in 2012, and CP2, completed in 2017 — I-95 was reconstructed and widened to four lanes in each direction between Bleigh Avenue and Levick Street. I-95 bridges over Bleigh Avenue, the Cottman Avenue off-ramp, Princeton Avenue, New State Road, Unruh Avenue, and Magee Avenue also were replaced.

In addition, a new southbound on-ramp was constructed at Longshore Avenue, and a new northbound on-ramp was constructed at Milnor Street to merge with the existing on-ramp from Princeton Avenue. A number of surface streets in the vicinity of the interchange also were improved, including Cottman and Princeton avenues and New State Road.

C. Abbonizio Contractors, Inc. of Sewell, N.J., is the general contractor on the CP3 project. Buckley & Co. of Philadelphia is replacing the damaged bridge under an emergency contract.