I-95 BSR Delaware Expressway



PennDOT District 6-0 | Philadelphia County, PA

The purpose of this project is to reconstruct and widen 1.7 miles of I-95 from the bridge over Margaret Street to the bridge over Levick Street, including the Bridge Street Interchange, as well as the extension of Delaware Avenue from Buckius Street to Tacony Street. This project is being developed as four separate phases, or Sections: BS1, BS2, BS3, and BS5. Section BS4/H04 is currently under construction as part of the Betsy Ross Interchange project (Section BRI). AEG has been involved with every phase, providing geotechnical engineering, pavement design, and/or construction consultation services.

Section BS1 will rebuild northbound and southbound I-95 at the northern end of the Bridge Street Interchange, widening I-95 to eight lanes -- four northbound, four southbound -- from just north of Carver Street to Levick Street and replacing I-95 bridges over Van Kirk and Comly streets. No changes will be made to the existing on- or off-ramps under BS1. To contain the footprint of I-95, most of BS1's widening will be built with retaining walls to support the highway embankment. Section BS1 will provide new highway lighting, storm drainage, signing, pavement markings and ITS devices. During construction of Section BS1, 3 northbound and 3 southbound lanes will be maintained on I-95. Construction of BS1 is anticipated to start in late 2018.

Section BS2 will rebuild northbound and southbound I-95 at the southern end of the Bridge Street Interchange, from just north of Margaret Street to just north of Carver Street, widening I-95 to 8 lanes -- four northbound and four southbound -- and replacing the viaduct carrying I-95 over Tacony Street and Bridge Street. A portion of I-95 in this section will be built on fill supported by retaining walls to minimize I-95's footprint. The northbound on-ramp and southbound off ramp will be relocated during a later contract, Section BS5. Section BS1 will provide new highway lighting, storm drainage, signing, pavement markings and ITS devices. During construction 3 northbound and 3 southbound lanes will be maintained on I-95. Construction of the BS2 project is anticipated to start in early 2021.

Section BS3 includes reconstruction of Aramingo Avenue from Church Street to Tacony Street, and then continuing north on Harbison Avenue up to the Amtrak overpass. Preliminary Engineering for this section finished in November 2011 and Final Design will begin in 2016, with construction anticipated to start in late 2028.

Section BS4 includes the remaining work to complete the reconstruction of the interchange ramps west of Aramingo Avenue. Section BS4 will complete and open the ramps connecting Aramingo Avenue to and from the Betsy Ross Bridge. It also includes the reconstruction of Aramingo Avenue from Wheatsheaf Lane to Church Street, construction of the Adams Avenue Connector, and the construction of the first section of the Frankford Creek Greenway. Construction started in early 2017 and is scheduled to finish in late 2020. AEG’s work was limited to Aramingo Avenue, including the Aramingo structure over Frankford Creek, and the embankment ramps from Aramingo to the Betsy Ross interchange, and the reconstruction of Adam’s Avenue (but not the extension).

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