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Construction Update

Betsy Ross Bridge Interchange Construction Update: Spring 2017

Mar 24, 2017
Continuing Construction of I-95 Ramps, Aramingo Avenue Bridge
Water main installation on Torresdale Ave. as part of Adams Ave improvements

May 2017 --Construction to improve ramp connections between Interstate 95, the Betsy Ross Bridge and surface streets in the vicinity of the Interchange continues to make progress, with one ramp completed and reopened, bridge construction underway on Aramingo Avenue and work underway on improvements to Adams Avenue.

The Ramps
Aramingo Avenue to I-95 South: Crews  finished placing the concrete deck for the rebuilt ramp, allowing PennDOT to re-open the ramp to southbound I-95 (right) in early March.

I-95 South to the Betsy Ross Bridge: Work continues on the shared entry point for the new and reconstructed ramps from I-95 south to the Betsy Ross Bridge and Aramingo Avenue. The 600-foot connection to the new ramp (below) will finish this summer. The main section of the new ramp to the bridge remains open and accessible to I-95 south motorists via a temporary tie-in at I-95 while the permanent connection is made.

I-95 South to Aramingo Avenue: The off-ramp from I-95 south to Aramingo Avenue, which shares its approach from I-95 south with the new ramp to the bridge (left), remains closed for construction of a new section of ramp. The new ramp structure will connect the ramp to the new ramp from the Betsy Ross Bridge to Aramingo Avenue. The concrete deck for this connecting section will be placed this spring.

Betsy Ross Bridge to Aramingo Avenue: Most of this new ramp, which originally ended east of I-95 as an unfinished stub, is now in place from the stub end, which was demolished and rebuilt, to where it ties-in to the new ramp from I-95 South to Aramingo Avenue. That combined ramp will merge with the fly-over ramp from I-95 north to Aramingo Avenue.

I-95 North to Aramingo Avenue: Widening at the lower end of this ramp that rises up and over I-95 north continues while the ramp remains in service. The widened structure will merge with two other ramps (from I-95 south and from the bridge) to create a single ramp that ends at the complex that is under construction on the west side of Aramingo Avenue.

Aramingo Avenue to the Betsy Ross Bridge: Crews this spring will place the concrete deck for the middle section of new ramp (right) that slips under two ramps then over I-95 to merge with the new ramp from I-95 south to create a direct connection from Aramingo and Adams avenues to New Jersey.

Aramingo, Adams Avenue Improvements

Widening on Aramingo Avenue and construction of the Adams Avenue Connector are keys to the improvements underway at the I-95 Betsy Ross Bridge/Aramingo Avenue Interchange and future improvements to the I-95 Bridge Street Interchange.

The first stage of widening Aramingo Avenue in the vicinity of the Betsy Ross Bridge Interchange is underway with the replacement of the west section of the bridge over Frankford Creek (left), including the relocation of a number of utilities to the new bridge.

Over three-plus years of construction on the $81 million project, Aramingo Avenue will be widened to four lanes between Wheatsheaf Lane and Church Street, with turn lanes to Church Street, the ramps to I-95 and the bridge, and to Adams Avenue (Adams Avenue Connector) (bottom graphic), which also is being improved as part of this project.

Installation of a new water main (right) is underway on Torresdale Avenue between Frankford Avenue and Adams Avenue as part of early-stage construction on the Adams Avenue improvements. PennDOT is reconstructing, extending and improving Adams Avenue between Torresdale Avenue and Aramingo Avenue. The segment of Adams Avenue from Torresdale Avenue and Ashland Street is being rebuilt. 

Construction on Adams Avenue ramps-up this spring with excavation and other activities associated with construction of the new, mile-long extension of Adams Avenue from Ashland Street to Aramingo Avenue and the ramps to and from I-95 and the bridge.

In addition to the new $81 million contract to improve Aramingo Avenue and Adams Avenue, PennDOT is investing $160.2 million to improve the interchange. Four additional contracts will complete improvements to the interchange’s ramp system and reconstruct almost one mile of I-95 at the interchange.

PennDOT is maintaining three travel lanes in each direction on I-95 at the interchange during construction; however, overnight lane closures may occur during traffic pattern changes and for stages of construction in the center of the interstate.