Girard Avenue ramp to I-95 North closes for 10 months

Girard Avenue ramp to I-95 North closes for 10 months

The Girard Avenue ramp to northbound Interstate 95 and northbound Aramingo Avenue in Philadelphia will close Monday (Sept. 28) for the start of an $8.8 million project to improve travel through the I-95/Girard Avenue Interchange, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Crews will work over the next 10 months to improve the interchange by building a temporary off-ramp from southbound I-95 to southbound Aramingo Avenue and by realigning northbound Aramingo Avenue between Delaware Avenue and York Street.
A posted detour will direct eastbound Girard Avenue drivers onto Richmond Street, from where they will reach the ramp to I-95 North or access northbound Aramingo Avenue.

This project is the first of six separate contracts to start construction for PennDOT’s $900 million program to improve the I-95/Girard Avenue Interchange, which includes the reconstruction of the adjacent section of I-95 between Interstate 676 and Allegheny Avenue. The remaining five construction contracts will start at various times over the next seven years.

Under this first project, which is designed to move traffic more efficiently through the interchange area throughout the multi-phase, multi-year interchange improvement plan, crews will build a ramp off of the existing southbound I-95 off-ramp at the Girard Avenue Interchange. This spur ramp will provide direct access to southbound Aramingo Avenue and the waterfront area along Delaware
Avenue. A traffic signal will be installed to control left turns from the spur ramp onto southbound Aramingo Avenue.

In addition, northbound Aramingo Avenue traffic will be re-routed through the interchange area from its intersection with Delaware Avenue. The re-routed northbound Aramingo Avenue will merge with the existing connector ramp that runs from eastbound Girard Avenue to Aramingo Avenue north near Norris Street.

A short spur also will be built to allow northbound Aramingo Avenue traffic to turn left at a traffic signal onto southbound Aramingo Avenue.

Crews also will improve storm water drainage at the interchange and relocate various utility lines.

A ramp from eastbound Girard Avenue to northbound I-95 will be restored at the interchange during a later construction contract.
James J. Anderson Construction Co., Philadelphia is the general contractor on the $8,811,613 project that is financed with 90 percent federal and 10 percent state funds.

For additional information on PennDOT’s plan to improve the I-95/Girard Avenue
Interchange and other parts of I-95 in the region, visit

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Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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