Single lane closures will be in place on both directions of Interstate 95 between the Bridge Street and Cottman Avenue interchanges in Philadelphia on Monday, January 10, through Wednesday, January 12, from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM the following morning as construction crews finish setting up a new work zone for southbound I-95 reconstruction at the Bridge Street Interchange, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
During these operations, northbound and southbound I-95 each will be reduced from three lanes-to-two as crews complete resetting temporary construction barrier and paint new lane markings in the work area. Northbound traffic was been shifted onto the new northbound pavement. Southbound traffic remains on the southbound side until the new work zone pattern is in place.
Weather permitting, all traffic — three lanes northbound and three lanes southbound — is expected to be shifted onto the rebuilt northbound lanes by 6:00 AM Thursday, January 13.
Once all traffic is moved to the northbound side, reconstruction and widening of the southbound lanes, stage two of the overall project, will begin. Stage two also includes construction of the southbound side of new I-95 bridges over VanKirk and Comly streets.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time for travel through the work area as backups and delays are likely.
The traffic shift will mark the substantial completion of the first major stage of PennDOT’s $79.7 million I-95 Section BS1 project to reconstruct and improve I-95 from Levick Street to Carver Street, including construction of a long retaining wall along Tacony Street to support northbound widening, the replacement of the bridges carrying northbound I-95 over Van Kirk Street and Comly Street, and installation of an extensive stormwater drainage system. The Section BS1 contract also includes improvements to the parking area, lighting, and landscaping at Lardner’s Point Park on the Delaware River near Levick Street.
Stage two will continue through late 2022. Work on the Section BS1 project began in early spring 2020.
On-off ramps at the I-95/Bridge Street Interchange will remain open during BS1 construction.
Section BS1 is the first of two contracts to reconstruct mainline I-95 at the Bridge Street Interchange. A second mainline reconstruction project at the interchange, Section BS2, is currently in design and will move to construction following completion of Section BS1 in late 2022.
In addition to rebuilding the northbound and southbound lanes of I-95 from Carver Street to Margaret Street, Section BS2 will construct a new replacement interchange located on Tacony Street at the Dietz & Watson/Frankford Boat Launch driveway, where a southbound off-ramp and a northbound on-ramp will be constructed. This is also the location of the proposed Delaware Avenue extension that will be built later under Section BS5.
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