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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

 

Project Status - Spring 2014
PennDOT has moved four of six contracts to construction to rebuild three miles of Interstate 95 from Race Street to just south of Allegheny Avenue and reconstruct the interchange at Girard Avenue in Philadelphia. Construction on the second, third and fourth phases (Sections GR1, GR2, GR3) of the overall I-95/Girard Avenue Interchange Improvement Project continues.  Phase one (Section GR0) construction finished in mid-2010.

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.

Get details at the Project Fact Sheet here

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: December 2011    
Expected Completion: 2016

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 to the east between Cumberland and Ann streets;
  • Replace two large Conrail bridges over Richmond Street near Lehigh Avenue with four new structures and new Conrail tracks at the Port Richmond yard;
  • Replace the superstructure on the Girard Avenue bridge over northbound Aramingo Avenue;
  • Relocate critical utilities along Richmond Street and adjacent streets to the west;
  • Improve intersections on Richmond Street at Girard Avenue, Cumberland Street, Sergeant Street, Huntingdon Street, Lehigh Avenue, Somerset Street, Cambria Street and Ann Street;
  • Construct Richmond Street streetscape enhancements that consist of street trees, storm water tree vaults, meadow grass, LED street lights, green-painted bicycle lanes, and new retaining walls with aesthetic treatments along Conrail property; and
  • Deploy Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) components -- dynamic message signs, highway cameras, incident detectors and travel-time sensors -- along arterial routes adjacent to I-95 between the Broad Street and Betsy Ross Bridge interchanges.

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

 

  • Widening and rebuilding 1,200 feet of I-95 from south of Shackamaxon Street to north of Columbia Avenue to provide four lanes in each direction and a fifth auxiliary lane for future ramp traffic entering and exiting I-95 between the Girard Avenue and Interstate 676
  • Demolishing and rebuilding I-95 bridges over Shackamaxon Street, Marlborough Street and Columbia Avenue;
  • Building five retaining walls to support embankments;
  • Constructing three overhead sign structures;
  • Installing sound walls with clear acrylic panels at the top to preserve views of the river and views from surrounding neighborhoods; and
  • Building sustainable enhancements adjacent to and beneath I-95, including public art, low-maintenance landscaping, progressive storm water management devices, 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: Spring 2014
Construction Completion: 2018

Section Details

  • Demolition and reconstruction of several bridges, including, I-95 NB over Palmer Street to Cumberland Street; I-95 NB over Cumberland Street to Lehigh Avenue; I-95 NB over Lehigh Avenue to Ann Street;
  • I-95 NB off-ramp (Ramp E); and I-95 NB on-ramp (Ramp A).
  • Construction of three retaining walls and numerous signs structures;
  • Delaware Avenue reconstruction between Columbia and Aramingo avenues;
  • Construction of two new direct outfall pipes to separate storm water to the Delaware River;
  • Installation of sound walls;
  • Reconfiguration of the intersection of Delaware Avenue, Richmond Street and Aramingo Avenue;
  • Relocation of the median parking lot near Columbia Avenue to the west side of Delaware Avenue while creating public spaces;
  • Installation of LED street lights on Delaware Avenue and the new parking area at Columbia Avenue;
  • Planting street trees along Delaware Avenue and landscaping the median and the new parking area with species native to the area and tolerant of the urban environment;
  • Relocating critical utilities along Delaware Avenue and adjacent city streets; and
  • Incorporating thematic form liners on abutment and retaining wall surfaces.
     

I-95, Section GR4
Start Construction: 2018 (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;

 

I-95, Section GR5
Start Construction: 2019-2020 (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;
  • 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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