July 6, 2023 – PennDOT’s contractor has finished ground-level improvements beneath Interstate 95 at the Girard Avenue Interchange (see below) and will wrap up any remaining work this summer to complete the $315 million Section GR4 contract, the fourth of six construction contracts to finish rebuilding I-95 at the interchange.
Major work at the interchange finished in late 2022 with the completion of the southbound viaduct that extends from Ann Street in Port Richmond to Palmer Street in Fishtown and adjacent on and off ramps. Since completing the viaduct, construction crews in 2023 focused on finishing public space improvements and amenities under I-95 at Girard Avenue that include a multi-use trail; cobblestone pathways and dyed concrete pavement; rain gardens and rock-lined drainage basins; landscaping; pedestrian-friendly LED lighting; and small public parking areas.
The northbound viaduct and ramps were reconstructed under Section GR3, which finished in 2018.
Remaining GR4 work includes overlay paving of Richmond Street between Columbia Avenue and Ann Street which will begin in late July and finish in early August. This overlay paving will occur during overnight hours on weeknights only, with detours in place for local traffic. All I-95 on and off ramps will remain open during the paving operation. Traffic signal work at Richmond Street intersections will also be completed over the summer.
PennDOT is now turning its focus to the final two construction sections at the southern end of the interchange. Section GR6, tentatively scheduled to go into construction by late 2024, will reconstruct southbound I-95 from Frankford Avenue to Race Street. Section GR5 will rebuild the opposite side of I-95 beginning in 2026.
PennDOT’s Public Outreach Team, including design engineers, is currently working with the Northern Liberties community to fine-tune the design of bridges, sound walls, public space, and improvements to the surface streets under I-95 at the northern end of the interchange.