Sector C: Frequently Asked Questions

Are there plans to rebuild I-95 in Delaware County like what is happening in Philadelphia? I-95 was just resurfaced in Delaware County.

Interstate 95 in Delaware County is currently not planned for major reconstruction but is part of PennDOT’s long-term program to rebuild and improve the interstate throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. PennDOT is currently focusing on rebuilding and improving the mostly elevated stretch of I-95 between Interstate 676 and Cottman Avenue in Philadelphia due to the condition of the structures supporting the highway.

With the future reconstruction of I-95 in Delaware County some years away, PennDOT recently invested $80.6 million to enhance and preserve I-95 by repairing and resurfacing the highway and 41 ramps from the Delaware state line to north of the Route 420 Interchange. PennDOT also:

  • Repaired 15 bridges
  • Repaired median barriers
  • Upgraded guide rails
  • Installed new pavement markings, delineators, and rumble strips
  • Repaired and cleaned drainage inlets and pipes
  • Installed new traffic signs

Construction was finished in 2023.

What is I-95 Sector C?

I-95 Sector C is one of four sections of the interstate that is part of PennDOT’s comprehensive program to improve I-95 in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The program is split into four phases or “sectors” identified as A, B, C and D. Only Sectors A and B in Philadelphia are currently in design and/or construction.

  • Sector A extends from just north of Cottman Avenue (Route 73) to Race Street in Philadelphia
  • Sector B is located immediately south of Race Street to the Girard Point Bridge over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia
  • Sector C runs from the Girard Point Bridge to the Delaware state line in Philadelphia and Delaware County
  • Sector D extends from north of Cottman Avenue (Route 73) to the New Jersey state line in Philadelphia and Bucks County
I-95 was recently resurfaced and improved in Delaware County, but what about the bridges above the highway?

PennDOT recently invested $30 million to rehabilitate and restore eight bridges over I-95 in the City of Chester. Construction took place from 2016 to 2020 to repair and improve the bridges on Potter Street, Madison Street, Upland Street, Melrose Avenue, Chestnut Street, Edgemont Avenue, and the Crosby Street and Walnut Street pedestrian structures.

PennDOT owns two of the bridges (Edgmont Avenue and Madison Avenue), and the City of Chester owns the remaining six structures. PennDOT is planning to upgrade five bridges over I-95 in the vicinity of the I-95/U.S. 322 West Interchange as part of the interchange improvement project that is currently in preliminary engineering design.

How often does PennDOT inspect its bridges?

PennDOT is responsible for the safety inspection of approximately 25,000 state-owned highway bridges across the state. Each of these bridges must be inspected at least once every two years. Some bridges, such as those with weight restrictions, are inspected once a year or more frequently if the bridge is in Poor condition.

PennDOT has oversight responsibility of 6,600 locally owned bridges greater than 20 feet in length, including monitoring to ensure they are inspected timely, that reports are provided to the local bridge owner, and to collaborate with the bridge owner on any required work where necessary. In Delaware County, there are 379 state and 91 locally owned bridges.

What is being done to alleviate congestion on I-95 in Delaware County?

To improve travel during times of reoccurring congestion, PennDOT is currently designing plans to create a “flex” travel lane on I-95 southbound from the I-476 Interchange to the U.S. 322 East (Commodore Barry Bridge) Interchange. PennDOT will rebuild I-95’s southbound outside shoulder to create the “flex” lane for vehicles to use as a temporary travel lane when backups or incidents occur. Construction on this project, which also includes building “flex” lanes on I-476, is anticipated to start in 2027. PennDOT also is examining the possible addition of “flex” lanes on I-95 for the I-95/U.S. 322 West Interchange Improvement Project.

PennDOT continues to use modern technology to identify traffic delays and inform I-95 motorists about them so drivers can make smart travel decisions and avoid backups. The department uses a series of closed-circuit television cameras and electronic message boards on I-95 to detect highway incidents and inform drivers of traffic-related problems. In addition, PennDOT uses its Expressway Service Patrol tow truck service to offer I-95 motorists free assistance with towing, jump starts, flat tire repair, and more to help improve highway safety and quickly remove incidents that disrupt traffic flow and cause congestion.

Is there a plan to improve connections between I-95 and U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway)?

Yes, PennDOT is currently in preliminary engineering for the project to rebuild and improve the I-95/U.S. 322 West Interchange in Upper Chichester Township, City of Chester, and Chester Township. The project covers I-95 from just north of the Route 452 Interchange to the Kerlin Street overpass, and U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) from just east of the Bethel Road Interchange to Township Line Road.

PennDOT aims to improve ramp connections between the two highways, including the removal and relocation of the existing left lane U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) on-ramp to I-95 north. The project also includes replacing five bridges and several culverts; improving stormwater management; upgrading highway shoulders; and adding noise walls. The project is expected to move into final design in 2027 and construction by 2030.

How is PennDOT coordinating the multiple transportation projects taking place near I-95 in Delaware County?

PennDOT’s respective project teams are working carefully to manage and mobilize resources to advance 12 current transportation improvement projects on and close to I-95 in Delaware County. The teams communicate and coordinate to ensure compatibility, and to share intelligence, synchronize schedules, leverage project resources to enhance mobility, safety, and local communities, and avoid potential conflicts. This coordination and communication will continue as projects advance through the design and construction phases.

Do citizens have input into the transportation projects planned in their communities?

Yes, during engineering design, PennDOT seeks the input of citizens and local partners to gain a better understanding of community needs and priorities as they relate to a specific project. The goal is to make smart transportation investments in Delaware County by collaborating early on with local citizens and partners to enhance the project’s design and maximize value for the communities.

Where can I find information on transportation projects taking place near I-95 in Delaware County?

Details on 12 transportation improvement projects currently active in planning, design, or construction near I-95 in Delaware County can be found on this website by clicking the Project Information link. Additional information on some of these and other PennDOT projects in Delaware County can be found on the PennDOT District 6 website at PennDOT Delaware County Projects.

Are there plans for building noise walls on I-95 in Delaware County?

Yes, there are two current projects with the potential for installing noise walls along I-95 in Delaware County, I-95 Chester Noise Abatement and I-95/U.S.322 Interchange Improvements. The two projects partially overlap, and they are coordinating with one another to ensure compatibility and the success of both plans. 

PennDOT’s Chester Noise Abatement Project proposes installing noise walls along Interstate 95 to improve conditions for residents living next to Interstate 95 in the City of Chester and Chester Township. The potential noise walls will provide a barrier between I-95 and neighborhoods to reduce sound levels from the highway and block the views of I-95 for residents living near it. PennDOT is proposing 16 locations for noise walls under this multi-phase project, which covers over three miles of I-95 from the bridge over Ridley Creek to the Highland Avenue overpass.

PennDOT is carefully coordinating the phasing of this multi-phase project to advance an initial set of noise walls along 12th Street between Madison Street and Melrose Avenue to construction within two years. Construction of these walls is anticipated to begin by 2026. These walls were selected to go first because they can be built without the acquisition of right of way or rebuilding existing highway structures. Other walls will require more complex engineering solutions, land purchases, or coordination with other projects in the corridor. PennDOT is completing technical work on the more complex sections of the project area while it moves forward with the initial set of walls along 12th Street in the City of Chester.

Located near the Chester Noise Abatement Project is the I-95/U.S. 322 West Interchange Improvement Project. PennDOT will perform a noise analysis to determine where noise levels meet the criteria for the installation of noise walls. The noise analysis will examine locations along I-95 from just north of the Route 452 Interchange to the Commodore Barry Interchange in Upper Chichester Township, City of Chester and Chester Township, and U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) from east of Bethel Avenue to I-95 in Upper Chichester Township. The potential placement of noise walls along I-95 between Highland Avenue and the Commodore Barry Bridge Interchange will be coordinated with the Chester Noise Abatement Project.

What are the criteria that must be met to determine whether noise walls may be included in a project?

If the expected sound levels meet or exceed criteria established by the Federal Highway Administration, noise reduction measures, such as noise walls, will be considered for each study area. Potential walls are then put through further evaluation to determine if they are feasible to build at a reasonable cost. If walls meet the necessary criteria, residents and owners of properties that would benefit from a noise wall have the final say in whether walls are built. Please see PennDOT’s Noise Abatement Brochure for details of this process.

How will I know if my property is in the way of a planned improvement on or near I-95?

If your home or business lies in the path of construction, you will be contacted by PennDOT or one of its authorized representatives. Whatever the case, owners are always fairly compensated by the Commonwealth for property that is needed for infrastructure improvements. For more information, check out PennDOT’s brochure regarding the property acquisition process.

How many vehicles use I-95 in Delaware County on a given day?

Average daily traffic volumes on I-95 range from 96,000 to 252,000 vehicles depending on the location along its 11 miles in Delaware County.

When was I-95 built in Delaware County?

I-95 in Delaware County was built in the 1960s and 1970s under six construction contracts totaling $70.1 million.

How can I find real-time travel information on I-95 to determine if it is the best route to take?

Real-time travel information on I-95 and other state-maintained highways in Pennsylvania is available at www.511PA.com or by calling 511. The 511 Pennsylvania website is part of a statewide travel information service that provides reliable traffic, weather, and transit information to travelers to reduce congestion and improve safety and mobility in Pennsylvania.

Using real-time traffic data from sources throughout the state, 511PA provides current information to commuters, travelers, and commercial carriers so they can make informed decisions. By providing this information to travelers, 511 Pennsylvania helps to keep traffic moving.

The 511PA core network covers all interstates (including the Pennsylvania Turnpike) and select U.S. and State Routes for roughly 2,900 miles of roadway. Traffic incidents, construction alerts, traffic speeds, and winter road conditions are reported on all roadways within the core network.

Information is available through 511PA by dialing 511 from any phone or by visiting www.511PA.com on your computer or mobile device. Mobile users can download the 511PA app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Where can I find information on roadwork taking place on I-95 or other state roads in Delco?

Visit the PennDOT 6 District website and check out the District 6 Traffic Bulletin at the following link: PennDOT District 6 Traffic Bulletin. This publication provides information on current and upcoming travel restrictions on state roads in Delaware County, Bucks County, Chester County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County.

How do I report a pothole or other highway issue, such as a missing sign, on a state road in Delaware County?

To report a pothole or other roadway issue on any state road in Pennsylvania please visit, http://customercare.penndot.gov. This will allow PennDOT to track the concern by location. You may also report a roadway concern by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD with specific location information, including: name of county, name of township or borough, name of road, and closest intersection, or by calling PennDOT Delaware County Maintenance at 610-566-0972.

Who is responsible for removing a dead animal along I-95?

Large animals, such as deer, are the responsibility of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. If these or any other dead animals are found on a state road or bridge, contact the appropriate local PennDOT county office and arrangements will be made for removal. Phone numbers for PennDOT’s local county maintenance offices covering I-95 are Delaware County 610-566-0972; Philadelphia County 215-225-1415; and Bucks County 215-345-6060.