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BRI Project Overview

I-95 Section BRI (I-95/BRI)

The project will rebuild and improve Interstate 95 between the Bridge Street and Betsy Ross Bridge interchanges in Philadelphia.

PennDOT will improve the Betsy Ross Bridge/Aramingo Avenue Interchange and widen and reconstruct I-95 and its bridges from Wheatsheaf Lane to Margaret Street. This 0.8 mile section of I-95 runs through the Betsy Ross Bridge Interchange.

Section BRI is being developed as six separate phases, or Sections: BRO. BS4. BR2. BR3. BR4. and BR5.

Section BR0

Construction Cost: $160.3 million
General Contractor: Joint Venture of Driscoll Construction Co., Blue Bell, PA and R.E. Pierson Construction Co.: Pilesgrove, NJ
Construction Start: March 2015
Construction Completed: Fall 2017

Section BR0 of the rebuilding of I-95 at the Betsy Ross Bridge Interchange is complete.  Work began in March 2015 on Section BR0 and finished at the end of 2017.  Section BR0 rebuilt most of the existing ramps at the interchange, and partially constructed the missing ramps to provide a direct connection between the Betsy Ross Bridge and Aramingo Avenue.  The ramps will be completed and opened to traffic under the Section BS4 project (see below).

Originally planned to be opened in fall 2017, the new ramps connecting the Betsy Ross Bridge to and from Aramingo Avenue will be completed and opened in the Section BS4 project. To construct Section BS4, the two ramps would have to be closed and detoured. To avoid the scenario of opening, closing and re-opening the ramps, the ramps will be opened only after Section BS4 construction is completed.

I-95/BR0 Details
This phase covers the Betsy Ross Interchange from the western approach to the Betsy Ross Bridge to the west side of Aramingo Avenue, and included:

  • Widening the ramp bridge (Ramp C) carrying northbound I-95 traffic to Aramingo Avenue;
  • Widening and replacing the deck of the ramp bridge (Ramp D) over Aramingo Avenue/Conrail/Frankford Creek carrying Aramingo Avenue traffic to I-95 South;
  • Relocating/replacing the ramp (Ramp EE) carrying southbound traffic over I-95 to the Betsy Ross Bridge;
  • Rehabilitating the ramp bridge (Ramp F) carrying southbound I-95 traffic to Aramingo Avenue;
  • Widening and replacing the deck of the ramp bridge (Ramp I) carrying northbound and southbound I-95 traffic over Aramingo Avenue/Conrail and the future westbound traffic from the Betsy Ross Bridge to Aramingo Avenue;
  • Constructing a new bridge for the ramp (Ramp I) carrying the future westbound traffic from the Betsy Ross Bridge over I-95 to Aramingo Avenue;
  • Constructing a new bridge for the ramp (Ramp JJ) carrying the future Aramingo Avenue traffic to the Betsy Ross Bridge;
  • Relocating a combination Philadelphia Water Department Sanitary/Storm Sewer Culvert;
  • Installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Richmond Street and the westbound exit ramp from Betsy Ross Bridge;
  • Installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Richmond Street and Bristol Street;
  • Relocated the Philadelphia Gas Works gas mains under abandoned Thompson Street (Work done by PGW);
  • Relocated the PECO Energy underground electric lines at abandoned Thompson Street (Work done by PECO Energy); and
  • Removed the Thompson Street bridge over Frankford Creek.

Section BS4

Construction Cost: $81 million
General Contractor: AP Construction Co., Blackwood, NJ
Construction Start: January 2017
Construction Completed: 2020

Section BS4 includes the remaining work to complete the reconstruction of the interchange ramps west of Aramingo Avenue.  Section BS4 will complete and open the ramps connecting Aramingo Avenue to and from the Betsy Ross Bridge. It also includes the reconstruction of Aramingo Avenue from Wheatsheaf Lane to Church Street, the construction of the first section of the Adams Avenue Connector, and the construction of the first section of the Frankford Creek Greenway.  Construction began in January 2017 and is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2020.

I-95/BS4 Details

  • Reconstruct and widen Aramingo Avenue from Wheatsheaf Lane to Church Street;
  • Replace the Aramingo Avenue bridge over Frankford Creek;
  • Construct new ramps (Ramps D, F, JJ, KK) to connect Aramingo Avenue to I-95 North and South, and open the ramps connecting Aramingo Avenue to and from the Betsy Ross Bridge;
  • Complete the first section of the Adams Avenue Connector, which when complete will run from Aramingo Avenue to Torresdale Avenue; and
  • Construct a multi-use side path along Aramingo Avenue from Wheatsheaf Lane to Church Street, and along the Adams Avenue Connector.




Section BR2

Construction Cost: TBD
General Contractor: TBD
Construction Start: TBD
Construction Completed: TBD

Section BR2 includes replacement of the bridges carrying the Betsy Ross Interchange Ramps A and B.  Preliminary Engineering for this section finished in December 2011 and Final Design is underway, with construction anticipated to start in early 2020.

I-95/BR2 Details
This phase includes:

  • Replacement of the ramp bridge (Ramp A) carrying northbound I-95 over Frankford Creek  to the Betsy Ross Bridge; and
  • Replacement of the ramp bridge (Ramp B) carrying westbound traffic from the Betsy Ross Bridge to I-95 South.


Section BR3

Construction Cost: TBD
General Contractor: TBD
Construction Start: TBD
Construction Completed: TBD

Section BR3 includes reconstruction of the northbound lanes of I-95 within the project area. Preliminary Engineering for this section was finished in December 2011.  Final Design will begin in late 2019, with construction anticipated to start in 2023.

I-95/BR3 Details
This phase includes reconstruction of the northbound lanes of I-95 from the northern limit of Wheatsheaf Lane to just north of Margaret Street, including work to:

  • Widen and reconstruct northbound I-95 (expand from 3 to 4 travel lanes) from the northern limit of the structure over Wheatsheaf Lane to just north of Margaret Street;
  • Realign Pearce Street to connect to Orthodox Street;
  • Replace the I-95 northbound bridge over Frankford Creek;
  • Remove the I-95 northbound low-level structure from the Betsy Ross Interchange to Orthodox Street and replace with engineered fill;
  • Remove the northbound collector-distributor low-level structure from the Betsy Ross Bridge to Orthodox Street and replace with engineered fill;
  • Replace the I-95 northbound bridge over Orthodox and Pearce streets and the I-95 northbound bridge over Margaret Street;
  • Rehabilitate the ramp (Ramp G) bridge that carries Aramingo Avenue traffic to I-95 north;
  • Rehabilitate the ramp (Ramp H) bridge that carries Betsy Ross Bridge traffic to I-95 north over Juniata and Almond streets;
  • Remove the existing ramp (Ramp Y) bridge and replace with fill;
  • Remove the existing ramp (Ramp J) bridge over Orthodox and Pearce Streets;
  • Replace numerous retaining walls;
  • Construct approximately 1,000 feet of ground-mounted sound walls and 3,000 feet of structure-mounted sound walls along northbound I-95.


Section BR4

Construction Cost: TBD
General Contractor: TBD
Construction Start: TBD
Construction Completed: TBD

Section BR4 includes reconstruction of the southbound lanes of I-95 within the project area. Preliminary Engineering for this section was finished in December 2011.  Final Design will begin in 2022, with construction anticipated to start in 2026.

I-95/BR4 Details
This phase includes reconstruction of the southbound lanes of I-95 from the northern limit of Wheatsheaf Lane to just north of Margaret Street, including work to:

  • Widen and reconstruct southbound I-95 (expand from 3 to 4 travel lanes) from the northern limit of the structure over Wheatsheaf Lane to just north of Margaret Street;
  • Replace the I-95 southbound bridge over Frankford Creek;
  • Remove the I-95 southbound low-level structure from the Betsy Ross Interchange to Orthodox Street and replace with engineered fill;
  • Remove the southbound collector-distributor low-level structure from the Betsy Ross Bridge to Orthodox Street and replace with engineered fill;
  • Replace the I-95 southbound bridge over Orthodox and Pearce streets and the I-95 southbound bridge over Margaret Street; and
  • Replace numerous retaining walls.



Section BR5

Construction Cost: TBD
General Contractor: TBD
Construction Start: TBD
Construction Completed: TBD

Section BR5 includes work related to the Conrail/NJ Transit (DelAir Branch) railroad line. The railroad bridge over I-95 will be rehabilitated. The railroad bridge over abandoned Thompson Street will be removed. The bridge over the northbound ramps to the Betsy Ross Bridge and Aramingo Avenue will be rehabilitated.  Preliminary Engineering for this section finished in December 2011 and Final Design is expected to begin 2020, with construction anticipated to start in 2023.

I-95/BR5 Details
This phase covers work on the Conrail/NJ Transit (DelAir Branch) railroad line, including:

  • Rehabilitation of the railroad bridge over I-95;
  • Removal of the railroad bridge over Thompson Street; and
  • Rehabilitation of the railroad bridge over the northbound I-95 ramps (Ramps A, C) to the Betsy Ross Bridge and Aramingo Avenue.

Updated 3/19