February 28, 2023 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has given its contractor approval to begin construction on the $328.9 million contract to replace and expand the existing covered section (I-95/CAP) of Interstate 95 at Penn’s Landing along the riverfront in Center City Philadelphia.
PennDOT issued a Notice to Proceed (NTP) on Monday, February 27, to Buckley & Company Inc., of Philadelphia, its general contractor on the milestone project. The NTP allows the contractor to establish a protected work zone and perform preliminary construction activities across a project area that stretches over and adjacent to the interstate between Market and South streets.
Large-scale construction activities, including the demolition of bridge structures, will begin this spring following a public pre-construction meeting to provide residents and business owners with details and scheduling of the coming construction.
The time and location of the pre-construction meeting will be announced jointly by PennDOT, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC), a partner in the I-95/CAP project and the City of Philadelphia.
In addition to replacing the cap over I-95 between Chestnut and Walnut 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. A concurrent DRWC project construction will include the Park topside amenities including gardens, play areas, flexible open space, a contemplative setting for the Irish and Scottish Memorials, 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 also will be maintained on Dock Street and Market Street during construction.
The project is financed with federal, local, and private funds.