February 6, 2024 – PennDOT closed northbound I-95 between Columbus Boulevard (Exit 20) and I-676 (Exit 22) on Saturday, February 3, at 6:00 PM for the partial demolition of the existing concrete covering over I-95 between Chestnut and Walnut streets. The interstate was expected to remain closed until 5:00 AM on Monday, February 5, but was reopened several hours earlier than anticipated. View a timelapse video of the weekend demolition below.
Due to the level of production achieved during the first weekend closure, a second weekend closure of I-95 North will not be required. The weekend closure(s) of I-95 South will be scheduled at a later date to dismantle the remaining parts of the cover over the southbound lanes.
By replacing and extending the covering over I-95 and Columbus Boulevard between Chestnut and Walnut streets, the $329 million project 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 parkat