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AFC Project Overview

I-95 Section AFC (I-95/AFC)

Under I-95/AFC, PennDOT will completely reconstruct and improve 1.5 miles of I-95 and its bridges from just south of the Betsy Ross Bridge Interchange to just south of the Allegheny Avenue ramps.  This project includes improvements to the interchange at Allegheny/Castor Avenue.

STATUS

I-95, Section AF1

Construction Cost: $32.1 million
General Contractor: A.P. Construction, Inc., of Blackwood, New Jersey,
Construction Start: 2018
Construction Completion: 2019

Section Detail

This project (I-95/AF1) is the first stage in the larger reconstruction of I-95’s pavement and on-off ramps between Allegheny Avenue and Frankford Creek (I-95/AFC) that is projected to begin in 2024.

  • Replace numerous utilities, including installation of new sub-surface gas and water mains and relocating PECO electric poles;
  • Widen Melvale Street and Emery Street to provide additional parking for residents
  • Widen Richmond Street between Ann Street and Allegheny Avenue
  • Install painted crosswalks and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) ramps — with detectable warning surfaces for the visually impaired — at all intersections
  • Reconstruct SEPTA Westmoreland Loop trolley/bus station including new pavement, bus shelter, trolley platforms, stormwater management, perimeter wall/fencing, and landscaping;
  • Improve the stormwater drainage system;
  • ReplaceSEPTA Route 15 trolley tracks and catenary poles from Ann Street to Westmoreland Street;   
  • Construct raised curb extensions (bump-outs) for SEPTA trolley stop at Clearfield Street;     
  • Replace Richmond Street curbs, sidewalks, ADA curb ramps, and traffic signals;
  • Widen and repave Melvale Street from East Clearfield Street to Wishart Street, and Emery Street from Westmoreland Street to Madison Street to provide additional on-street parking;
  • Install new ornamental, pedestrian-scale street lights from Ann Street to Westmoreland Street; and
  • Plant 60-plus trees street trees along the improved section of Richmond Street. 

Artist's rendering of Richmond Street improvements

I-95, Section AF2

This project will reconstruct Delaware Avenue from Allegheny Avenue to Castor Avenue.  Section AF2 is currently in Final Design and scheduled for construction in 2021.
  • Install new signing, pavement markings, and lighting on Allegheny (Richmond to Delaware), Delaware (Allegheny to Castor), Castor (Delaware to Richmond).
  • Reconstruct Bath Street (Ontario to Schiller Street) and the extension of Bath Street (Schiller Street to Tioga Street).

PennDOT is working with City of Philadelphia agencies on potential additions to this project.


I-95, Sections AF3, AF4

Sections AF3 and AF4 will reconstruct northbound (AF3) and southbound (AF4) I-95 and its structures between Ann Street and the Frankford Creek (near Wheatsheaf Lane). Sections AF3 and AF4 are in Preliminary Design and tentatively scheduled for construction in 2024 (AF3) and 2028 (AF4).

Sections AF3 and AF4 also will include reconstruction of the interchanges at Allegheny Avenue and Castor Avenue. The configuration of the interchanges will be changed so that the southbound on and off-ramps will stay at Allegheny Avenue, but the northbound on and off ramps northbound will be located at Castor Avenue, where direct access also will be constructed to the Betsy Ross Bridge from the northbound on-ramp.
 
The section of I-95 between Allegheny Avenue and Westmoreland Street, which currently bisects the Monkiewicz playground into two separate areas, will be placed on piers so that it is open underneath and the two halves of the playground will be reconnected.  During Final Design for mainline I-95, a detailed plan for the use of this space will be developed with input from the community and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.


AFC Intersection Improvements



Off-site improvements that are part of the AFC project, AF1 and AF2, will improve traffic flow on adjacent streets. These improvements include optimization of traffic signals on major routes, the addition of new turn lanes at certain intersections and restriction of left turns at others, new traffic signals, and improvements to the streets east of I-95 that will serve as the detour route during construction and carry the majority of truck traffic accessing the two halves of the I-95 interchange.