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Shapiro Administration Announces I-95 North Reopened Several Hours Early Following CAP Demolition in Center City Philadelphia

January 5, 2024 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that northbound Interstate 95 has reopened between Columbus Boulevard (Exit 20) and I-676 (Exit 22) in Center City Philadelphia. The closure was scheduled through 5:00 AM Monday, February 5, but PennDOT’s contractor completed demolition early of the existing concrete covering over I-95 North between Walnut and Chestnut streets.

In addition to reopening I-95 North, the following three ramps have also reopened.

The ramp to northbound I-95 from Lombard Circle at Columbus Boulevard will remain closed. Traffic will be directed to the northbound I-95 ramp from Columbus Boulevard near Catherine Street.

In addition, a right lane closure will remain in place for at least a few weeks on southbound Columbus Boulevard from just north of Market Street to just south of Walnut Street to allow crews to remove debris from the work area.

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.

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 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 parkatpennslanding.com.