A major construction project to repair over two dozen bridges on I-95 has officially begun. The $21.6 million project will rehabilitate and improve 28 bridges on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia and Delaware counties.
“The aim of this project is to preserve the infrastructure along this critical highway by rehabilitating bridges that are showing signs of deterioration,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said. “The repairs will prevent the bridges from becoming structurally deficient and keep them in sound condition for at least the next 25 years.”
The bridge rehabilitation project is the third of three bridge contracts to repair multiple bridges along the highway. The first project began in the Summer of 2008 while the second took place in early 2009.
Crews began construction work Monday night on I-95 between the Philadelphia International Airport and Walt Whitman Bridge. Here is the weekly construction schedule.
- Two lanes will be closed on northbound I-95 between Philadelphia International Airport and Walt Whitman Bridge in Philadelphia from 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- Two lanes will be closed on southbound I-95 between the Walt Whitman Bridge and Island Avenue in Philadelphia from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
PennDoT’s contractor will work over the next three years to make various repairs to the bridges, including replacing rocker bearings, replacing expansion joints and repairing concrete bridge decks. The following areas are scheduled for repairs:
- Near the Interstate 76/Walt Whitman Bridge Interchange (15 bridges).
- Over the Route 322 (Conchester Highway) interchange (one bridge).
- Over the Route 322 Interchange near the Commodore Barry Bridge (one bridge).
- Near Enterprise Avenue (six bridges).
- Along the ramp to the Betsy Ross interchange (one bridge).
- Near the Academy Road Interchange (two bridges).
- Over Poquessing Creek (one bridge).
- Between Walt Whitman Bridge/Packer Avenue and Interstate 676/Route 30 (one bridge).
The entire project is expected to be completed by November, 2015.