PennDot will begin construction on the city's northern section of I-95 on Monday. What will amount to a four-year project wrapping up sometime in 2018, the $211.7 million project will consist of extensive work in and around the Girard Avenue Interchange and the three mile stretch from Race Street to Allegheny Avenue. From Plan Philly, "The work will both address critical repairs on the existing, aging infrastructure and widen the I-95 corridor to four travel lanes in each direction." This is the second largest construction contract in PennDOT history. Don't you worry, tough. Three lanes will remain open during the project, minus some lanes closures for overnight lane painting.
In all, PennDot will look to reconstruct the ramps at the Girard Avenue Interchange, replace two bridges on northbound ramps, replace three mainline viaducts, reconstruct and improve Delaware Avenue between Columbia and Aramingo Avenues, construct three retaining walls, install several sign structures and relocated underground and aerial utility lines. Needless to say, there are some big changes ahead for this stretch of I-95 — even as Philly is becoming less car dependent.
·PennDOT begins four-year I-95 construction project [Plan Philly]
·Despite What Developers Say, Philly Keeps Getting Less Dependent on Cars [Next City]