Q. How will the coming work on I-95 affect travel on the interstate and in the neighborhoods adjacent to it?
A. Although the details are still being worked out for each section of the overall project, PennDOT will complete the construction in stages that are designed to minimize impacts to motorists. For work on the main line of I-95, a minimum of three lanes will remain open in each direction most of the time. However, occasional off-peak lane restrictions, often during the overnight hours or on non-holiday weekends, may be required at times.
Most ramps also will remain in service, but construction may require that lane closures, local detours and parking restrictions be put in place at times on surface roads in the vicinity of the interchanges.
Q. How will I know if my property is in the way of any of the planned improvements on I-95?
A If your home or business lies in the path of construction, you likely already have been 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 publication regarding the property acquisition process.
Q. Does reconstruction on I-95 include installation of noise walls?
A. Sound Level Analysis studies will be conducted for each of the separate projects that comprise the reconstruction of I-95 to determine the existing level of noise emanating from traffic on the interstate. These existing sound levels are then included in models that project sound levels after the improvements are built. The results of those studies are then used to determine which, if any, specific locations along the interstate meet the criteria for noise mitigation.
Q. What are these criteria that need to be met that will determine whether or not noise walls may be included in the project?
A. If the increase in expected sound levels meet certain pre-determined criteria, noise abatement measures, such as sound barrier walls, will be considered warranted for each study area. Potential walls are then put through further evaluation to determine if it is feasible to build them at a reasonable cost. In the end, however, it is the residents within the formal noise study areas who have the final say in whether walls that are warranted, feasible and reasonable are actually built. Please see PennDOT's noise abatement brochure, Making Sound Decisions...., for details of this process.
Q. What can we do if we have specific questions about any of the upcoming projects on I-95 in Philadelphia?
A. PennDOT's basic goal in the development of these projects is to remain as transparant as possible when it comes to sharing details with the communities that are affected by the changes. While the engineering details are worked out by those best trained to perform these tasks, we will always provide the public with as much information as possible about the work we are doing in as timely a manner as possible. And we will post this information on this website, publish it in our project newsletter, I-95 Interchanges, and generally remain available to answer everyone's questions as thoroughly as possible.
You may write us at any time with specific questions or concerns, or to request that a representative appear at a meeting of community groups or organizations in the project area. Contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via regular mail at, PennDOT Engineering District 6-0, 7000 Geerdes Blvd., King of Prussia, PA 19124, Attn: I-95 Project Manager.
Q. What can I do to report a pothole or other problem on the road in Pennsylvania?
A. If you encounter potholes and other maintenance concerns at any time on Pennsylvania's roadways, simply call PennDOT's toll-free Roadway Maintenance Hotline, 800-FIX-ROAD, to report the problem and its location. We'll take it from there.
Q. What are the color detour signs for that I see posted on roads near I-95's interchanges?
A. PennDOT installed color detour signs along Interstates 76, 95, 476 and 676 in the region and across the Commonwealth to help police, emergency crews and PennDOT personnel handle traffic diversions more efficiently and safely in the event of an emergency on the interstate.
PennDOT has installed more than 400 of the signs in Southeastern Pennsylvania since December 2007. The signs enable detour routes to be implemented at a moment’s notice to direct traffic around an incident and then return it safely onto the interstate. In the event of such an emergency, interstate traffic will be advised to follow a particular colored detour sign. PennDOT message boards and media reports will inform motorists of which color detour to take. The signing upgrades and investment in technology are part of PennDOT’s multi-million dollar plan to improve traffic management in the five-county Philadelphia region.