I-95 improvements continue

PHOTO: PLANPHILLY The area around I-95's Girard Avenue Interchange, like here at Richmond and Ann streets, will be a long-term construction zone.
PHOTO: PLANPHILLY The area around I-95's Girard Avenue Interchange, like here at Richmond and Ann streets, will be a long-term construction zone.
Posted: June 06, 2014

MOTORISTS WILL experience delays beginning Monday as the next phase of a $900 million project to repair three miles of Interstate 95 gets underway.

The plan, the largest in PennDOT's history, calls for rebuilding the Girard Avenue Interchange to widen the highway to four lanes of traffic in each direction by 2025.

In this phase of the project, Delaware Avenue, between Columbia and Aramingo avenues, will be reconstructed and repairs will be made to several bridges. This portion of the project is expected to cost $211.7 million.

"This [project] will create a modern highway and move more efficiently," said Lester Toaso, PennDOT District 6 executive.

Toaso said the project began in 2012 and is broken into six phases. Phase four begins Monday.

During the work, the construction zone, between Interstate 676 and Columbia Avenue, will be extended north by 1 1/2 miles, just south of the Allegheny Avenue Interchange, Toaso said.

The extension will be completed between June 10 and 13 and will remain in place until the project's completion in 2018.

Toaso said motorists should anticipate travel delays of 30 to 45 minutes during rush hour.

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