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GIR Construction Update: Summer 2019

Jul 15, 2019

Southbound Girard Off Ramp Closes for Reconstruction

Summer 2019 - The southbound Interstate 95 off-ramp at the Girard Avenue Interchange closes on July 23 for approximately two years of construction. Closing the ramp will allow the contractor to remove the remaining segment of the southbound viaduct and complete construction of a new southbound structure as well as new on-off ramps at the interchange.

Crews in late 2018 began demolishing and rebuilding the mile-long structure between Ann Street in Port Richmond to Palmer Street in Fishtown. Dozens of new support piers already have been built, mostly at the southern end of the project, and dozens more will be constructed through the end of 2019 as crews systematically demolish the remaining section of viaduct, tear down the ramp structure and raze the old support piers.

While the ramp is closed, southbound motorists heading for Girard Avenue will be directed to exit at Allegheny Avenue and follow the detour route along Allen Street — a temporary stretch of road that PennDOT built alongside northbound I-95 between Cambria Street and Allegheny Avenue — for use during Girard Avenue Interchange construction.

Allen Street, which had been used by northbound only traffic, will be one-way southbound for use during the detour.

Work also continues across the interchange work area to install the project’s stormwater management system of pipes and inlets.

In addition, crews continue construction of have half of the new bridge that carries the southbound Aramingo Avenue spur over Girard Avenue.  The bridge provides Aramingo Avenue motorists with access to the southbound I-95 on-ramp — which will remain open during construction at the interchange — and to Delaware Avenue and the venues along the Delaware Riverfront.

When the western half of the bridge is finished,  southbound Aramingo Avenue traffic — including motorists heading for the southbound on-ramp - will be shifted onto the new portion of the bridge. The east side of the new bridge will then be built.

A new retaining wall that supports the embankment for the bridge also is under construction along the spur.

Work also will get underway to remove and replace the at-grade southbound I-95 pavement between the Allegheny Avenue exit and the viaduct at Ann Street.

Building the new southbound viaduct is expected to continue through 2021. The new structure will provide four southbound through lanes as well as a continuous on-off lane that will run between the Allegheny Avenue on-ramp and the Aramingo Avenue on-ramp at the Girard Avenue Interchange.

Other improvements under the GR4 project include construction of noise barrier walls along southbound I-95 from Indiana Avenue to Palmer Street and along the southbound on-ramp from Aramingo Avenue. The project also includes installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) components along I-95, U.S. 1 and U.S. 322 that will assist PennDOT and the City of Philadelphia with traffic and incident management on the region’s highways.

In addition, ongoing coordination with community groups through the I-95 Sustainable Action Committee (SAC) during the project’s design phase will deliver a number of quality-of-life improvements for those living near the interstate.
PennDOT is investing a significant share of the GR4 contract on improvements to Aramingo Avenue in the vicinity of the interchange, and upgrading the areas adjacent to and beneath I-95.

New sidewalks will be built on Aramingo Avenue Avenue between York and Cumberland streets; pedestrian-friendly LED lighting will be installed under sections of the new southbound and northbound viaducts; a multi-use trail (above rendering) will be built beneath and adjacent to the interstate; thematic form liners will be used to decorate wall surfaces on the viaduct’s abutments; and a park with expansive stormwater management features will be constructed within the interchange and beneath I-95.

The new and improved southbound I-95 will connect to a 1,200 foot-segment of I-95 that was reconstructed in 2013-2015 under the GR2 contract.