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I-95 Section GIR (I-95/GIR)
I-95 between the Vine Street and Allegheny Avenue interchanges, including the Girard Avenue Interchange

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Project Status
Construction on the second and third phases (Sections GR1, GR2) of the overall I-95/Girard Avenue Interchange Improvement Project continues.  Phase one (Section GR0) construction finished in mid-2010. Phase two (Section GR1) began in late-2011. Phase three (Section GR 2) began construction in late 2012. Bids were opened in October 2013 for the next phase (Section GR3). Widening and reconstruction of the northbound lanes between Palmer and Ann streets under GR 3 will begin in 2015 after a year of surface street and utility work in 2014.

Two additional sections of I-95/GIR are currently in the Final Design stage of project development. They are being prepared for construction separately: GR4, GR5. Scroll down for details about each Section.

I-95, Section GR0 - Construction Completed
Construction Cost: $8.8 million    
General Contractor: James J. Anderson Construction, Philadelphia PA
Construction Start: September 2009    
Construction Completion: July 2010

Section Details 

  • Construct a temporary off-ramp adjacent to the existing southbound off-ramp at Girard Avenue to provide access to Delaware Avenue;
  • Reconstruct new lanes to carry northbound Aramingo Avenue on a new alignment between Delaware Avenue and York Street, including a spur that provides access to I-95 south; and
  • Install drainage improvements and highway lighting, and relocate utilities.

 

 

I-95, Section GR1
Construction Cost: $91.3 million    
General Contractor: James J. Anderson Construction, Philadelphia, PA
Construction Start: November 2011    
Expected Completion: 2015

Section Details

  • Reconstruct and widen Richmond Street on its existing alignment between Aramingo Avenue and Cumberland Street;
  • Reconstruct and widen Richmond Street on a new alignment shifted east between Cumberland and Ann streets;
  • Improve Richmond Street intersections at Cumberland, Sergeant, Huntingdon, Somerset, Cambria and Ann streets;
  • Construct signalized intersections at Richmond Street and Lehigh Avenue and at Richmond Street and Girard Avenue;
  • Include painted bike lanes on Richmond Street;
  • Replace two Conrail bridges over Richmond Street near Lehigh Avenue with four separate railroad structures, reconstructing Conrail tracks and sidings;
  • Reconstruct and rehabilitate the Girard Avenue bridge over the northbound Aramingo Avenue;
  • Relocate utilities underground along Richmond Street and adjacent streets to the west;
  • Reconstruct the SEPTA Route 15 trolley line along Girard Avenue and Richmond Street; and
  • Deploy Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) devices -- including arterial dynamic message signs (ADMS), traffic cameras, travel-time sensors, etc. -- along arterial routes adjacent to I-95 between the Broad Street and Betsy Ross Bridge interchanges to assist PennDOT and the City of Philadelphia during traffic and incident management operations.

SEPTA’s Route 15 trolley is being re-routed during construction between Frankford Avenue and Westmoreland Station using various bus routes.

 

I-95, Section GR2
Construction Cost: $39 million     
General Contractor: James J. Anderson Construction, Philadelphia, PA
Start Construction: Oct. 2012    
Construction Completion: 2015

Section Details

  • Widen and reconstruct I-95 from south of Shackamaxon Street to north of Columbia Avenue to provide four through lanes in each direction and a fifth lane for ramp traffic entering and exiting I-95 between interchanges at Girard Avenue and Interstate 676;
  • Replace I-95 bridges over Shackamaxon and Marlborough streets and Columbia Avenue;
  • Construct five retaining walls to support embankments along I-95;
  • Install sound walls on both sides of I-95 with clear acrylic panels at the top to preserve views of the river and views from surrounding neighborhoods;
  • Relocate utilities underground along Marlborough Street;
  • Deploy ITS devices along I-676 and I-95 to assist PennDOT and the City during traffic and incident management operations; and
  • Build sustainable enhancements adjacent to and beneath I-95, including repurposed salvage for public art, low-maintenance landscaping, progressive storm water management devices, light-emitting diode (LED) street and underpass lighting, and thematic form-liners for decorative treatment of bridge abutment walls.

 

I-95, Section GR3
Construction Cost: $211.76 million
General Contractor: James J. Anderson Construction, Philadelphia, PA
Start Construction: 2014
Construction Completion: 2016

Section Details

  • Widen and reconstruct northbound I-95 from Columbia Avenue to north of Ann Street to eliminate lane drops at the interchange by providing four through lanes in each direction and a fifth lane for ramp traffic entering and exiting I-95 between interchanges at the Girard Avenue Interchange;
  • Reconstruct and relocate northbound on-off ramps at Girard Avenue;
  • Replace four continuous northbound bridges carrying I-95 over Palmer-to-Ann streets and two northbound ramp bridges;
  • Complete construction of the bridge, started in Section GR2, carrying northbound I-95 over Columbia Avenue;
  • Reconstruct Delaware Avenue between Columbia Avenue and Dyott Street;
  • Construct three retaining walls to support embankments along northbound I-95;
  • Complete construction of the northbound sound wall, started in Section GR2, to just north of Columbia Avenue;
  • Construct three sign structures to assist with traffic management during and after construction;
  • Construct direct outfalls to the Delaware River to support PennDEP (Department of Environmental Protection) and Philadelphia Water Department initiatives to separate storm and sanitary runoffs;
  • Temporarily realign the intersection at Delaware and Aramingo avenues;
  • Construct signalized intersections at Columbia and Delaware avenues, and at Aramingo/Delaware/Richmond and northbound ramp;
  • Relocate utilities underground along Delaware Avenue and throughout the project area;
  • Build sustainable enhancements adjacent to and beneath I-95, including low-maintenance landscaping, progressive storm water management devices, public spaces, LED street and understructure lighting and thematic form-liners for decorative treatment of bridge abutment walls; and
  • Install ITS devices along I-95 within the project limits and along adjacent regional routes -- including Interstate 76 and U.S. Route 322 -- to assist PennDOT and the City during traffic and incident management operations.
     

I-95, Section GR4
Start Construction: 2016 (projected)
End Construction: 2019 (projected)

Section Details

  • Widen and reconstruct southbound I-95 from Columbia Avenue to north of Ann Street to provide four through lanes in each direction and a fifth lane for ramp traffic entering and exiting I-95 between interchanges at Girard Avenue and Allegheny Avenue;
  • Reconstruct southbound on-off ramps at Girard Avenue;
  • Replace four continuous southbound bridges carrying I-95 over Palmer-to-Ann streets, two southbound ramp bridges, and southbound Aramingo Avenue over Girard Avenue ramps;
  • Construct a temporary detour road to carry ramp traffic during construction;
  • Relocate utilities underground along Aramingo Avenue;
  • Construct retaining walls to support embankments along I-95;
  • Install sound walls along southbound I-95 and Aramingo Avenue;
  • Build sustainable enhancements adjacent to and beneath I-95, including low-maintenance landscaping, progressive storm water management devices, public spaces, LED street and understructure lighting, and thematic form-liners for decorative treatment of bridge abutment walls;
  • Install Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) devices (TBD).


I-95, Section GR5
Start Construction: 2017 (projected)
Complete Construction: 2020 (projected)

Section Details

  • Widen and reconstruct I-95 northbound and southbound between Race Street and Shackamaxon Street ;
  • Reconstruct and widen I-676/Vine Street ramp connections with I-95 northbound and southbound;
  • Rehabilitate or replace I-95 bridges over Race Street, Callowhill Street, Spring Garden Street, Fairmount Avenue, Brown Street, and Ellen Street-to-Frankford Avenue;
  • Construct retaining walls to support embankments along I-95;
  • Realign sections of Poplar, New Market, Front and Laurel streets at I-95;
  • Construct retaining walls to support embankments;
  • Install sound walls along northbound and southbound I-95 (TBD);
  • Build sustainable enhancements adjacent to and beneath I-95 (TBD);
  • Relocate utilities (TBD);
  • Install Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) devices (TBD). 

 

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The Separate Projects

  • Cottman-Princeton Interchange (CPR)
  • Cottman Avenue to Bridge Street (BSR)
  • Bridge Street to Betsy Ross Bridge (BRI)
  • Betsy Ross Bridge to Girard Avenue (AFC)
  • Girard Avenue Interchange (GIR)
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