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BSR Project Overview

I-95 Section BSR (I-95/BSR)

This project will rebuild and improve 1.7 miles of I-95 from the bridge over Margaret Street to the bridge over Levick Street, including the Bridge Street Interchange. This project also includes the extension of Delaware Avenue from Buckius Street to Tacony Street.

Under I-95/BSR, PennDOT will completely reconstruct I-95 and its bridges and widen the interstate to four lanes in each direction from Margaret Street to Levick Street, a section of I-95 that runs from just south of the Cottman Avenue (Route 73) through the Bridge Street interchange.

Section BRO is being developed as four separate phases, or Sections: BS1, BS2, BS3, and BS5. The BS4 section is part of the Betsy Ross Interchange. Please see the Section BRI overview page for further information.

BSR & BRI Map


Section BS1

Construction Cost: TBD
General Contractor: TBD
Construction Start: Late 2019
Construction End: TBD

Section BS1 of the rebuilding of I-95 at the Bridge Street Interchange will reconstruct the northbound and southbound lanes of I-95 from relocated Carver Street to Levick Street. Preliminary Engineering for this section finished in November 2011 and Final Design began in fall 2013, with construction anticipated to start in late 2019.

I-95/BS1 Details
This phase covers the I-95 reconstruction from relocated Carver Street to Levick Street, including work to:

  • Reconstruct northbound and southbound I-95 (four lanes in each direction) from relocated Carver to Levick streets;
  • Replace the bridges that carry I-95 over Comly and Van Kirk streets; and
  • Replace five retaining walls; and
  • Construct parking, lighting and landscaping improvements at Lardners Point Park.


Section BS2

Construction Cost: TBD
General Contractor: TBD
Construction Start: TBD
Construction End: TBD

Section BS2 will rebuild I-95 northbound and southbound from just north of Margaret Street to relocated Carver Street. This section includes removal of the southbound Bridge Street off-ramp at James Street. A new southbound off-ramp will connect directly to Tacony Street at the relocated Carver Street underpass. Also planned is a new on-ramp from Tacony Street and the Delaware Avenue extension to I-95 northbound in the vicinity of the Arsenal Business Center and the Dietz & Watson facility. When this new ramp is completed the existing I-95 northbound on-ramp from Bridge Street will close. A significant aspect of this project is the replacement of the viaduct that carries I-95 over Tacony Street and Bridge Street. Preliminary Engineering for this section finished in November 2011 and Final Design began in fall 2013, with construction anticipated to start in early 2022.

I-95/BS2 Details
This phase covers I-95 reconstruction from just north of Margaret Street to relocated Carver Street, replacement of the southbound I-95 off-ramp at the Bridge Street interchange, and replacement of the northbound I-95 on-ramp at the Bridge Street interchange, including work to:

  • Reconstruct northbound and southbound I-95 (four lanes in each direction) from just north of Margaret Street to relocated Carver Street. This includes the replacement of the viaduct that carries I-95 over Tacony and Bridge streets;
  • Replace the bridges that carry I-95 over Fraley and Carver streets;
  • Relocate the James Street off-ramp further north, connecting it to Tacony Street via a new underpass at relocated Carver Street. This ramp will also connect to the proposed Delaware Avenue extension;
  • Construct a new on-ramp to I-95 northbound from Tacony Street and the Delaware Avenue extension;
  • Remove the Bridge Street northbound on-ramp and bridge over Tacony and Bridge streets;
  • Reconstruct Tacony Street from Buckius to Comly streets;
  • Install a new traffic signal at the intersection of Tacony and relocated Carver Streets; and
  • Modify the traffic signals at Bridge and Tacony streets, and at Bridge and James streets.


Section BS3

Construction Cost: TBD
General Contractor: TBD
Construction Start: TBD
Construction End: TBD

Section BS3 includes reconstruction of Aramingo Avenue from Church Street to Tacony Street, and then continuing north on Harbison Avenue up to the Amtrak overpass. Preliminary Engineering for this section finished in November 2011 and Final Design will begin in 2016, with construction anticipated to start in 2026.

I-95/BS3 Details
This phase includes reconstruction of Aramingo Avenue from Church to Tacony streets, including a multi-use side path from Church to Margaret Streets, and reconstruction of Harbison Avenue from Tacony Street to the Amtrak overpass, including traffic signal modifications at:

  • Aramingo Avenue at Orthodox Street;
  • Aramingo Avenue at Margaret Street;
  • Aramingo/Harbison Avenues at Tacony Street; and
  • Harbison Avenue at Tacony Street/Wakeling Street.


Section BS5

Construction Cost: TBD
General Contractor: TBD
Construction Start: TBD
Construction End: TBD

Section BS5 is for the extension of Delaware Avenue from Orthodox Street to Tacony Street in the vicinity of the Arsenal Business Center and the Dietz & Watson facility. Preliminary Engineering for this section began in 2016. Construction is anticipated to start in late 2022.

I-95/BS5 Details
PennDOT will extend Delaware Avenue from its current terminus at Orthodox Street further north along the waterfront, cross Old Frankford Creek on a new bridge, and then turn westerly to intersect Tacony Street. A connection to Buckius Street, and Bridge and Richmond Streets is also planned. Included will be the multi-use side path along the Delaware River with connections to Bridesburg, the Frankford Boat Launch and the Kensington and Tacony Trail to the north.


Updated 03/19