Construction to Close I-95 South Overnight Next Week in Philadelphia

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that southbound I-95 will be closed overnight next week in Center City Philadelphia for various construction activities under the $329 million CAP project to replace and expand the covered area over the interstate.

Weather permitting, motorists are advised of the following travel restrictions:

  • Monday, March 4, through Thursday, March 7, from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM, a lane closure is scheduled on southbound I-95 between Market Street and South Street
  • Monday, March 4, through Thursday, March 7, from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning, I-95 South will be closed between I-676/Callowhill Street (Exit 22) and the Morris Street on-ramp. Motorists will be directed to follow the posted alternate routes that include using the Girard Avenue Interchange (Exit 23) or Callowhill Street (Exit 22) to access southbound Columbus Boulevard and the on-ramp to I-95 South at Morris Street. Trucks will use the Front Street on-ramp to I-95 South.
  • Monday, March 4, through Thursday, March 7, from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning, the ramp from I-676 East to I-95 South (Chester/Philadelphia Int’l Airport) will be closed. Motorists will be directed to exit at the Ben Franklin Bridge and use 6th Street, Race Street and southbound Columbus Boulevard to access the on-ramp to I-95 South at Morris Street. Trucks will be directed to continue south on Columbus Boulevard and use Oregon Avenue and Front Street to access the on-ramp to I-95 South.

The Market Street ramp to I-95 South, which closed on Monday, February 19, is scheduled to reopen to traffic on Friday, March 8. During the closure, drivers are being directed to follow the posted detour signs to southbound Columbus Boulevard and access I-95 South at Morris Street. Trucks will use the Front Street on-ramp to I-95 South. 

Motorists are advised to avoid the closure area because significant backups and delays will occur on I-95 South, the alternate routes and several surface streets in the vicinity of the work area.

The overnight closure of I-95 South will allow PennDOT’s contractor to install temporary barrier and restripe the southbound travel lanes to shift traffic away from the median, so that crews will have a safe area to begin construction on the new piers at Walnut and Chestnut streets. 

By replacing and extending the cap over I-95 and Columbus Boulevard between Chestnut and Walnut streets, the $329 million I-95 Central Access Philadelphia (CAP) Project will improve pedestrian and multimodal connections between Center City and the waterfront. The project has two main components: a new Park at Penn’s Landing, and a new signature bridge at South Street, both of which will also extend over Columbus Boulevard to connect cyclists and pedestrians to the newly completed Delaware River Trail.


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