Northeast Times

New I-95 on-ramp has the green light

There’s a new way to go.

Any­body who wants to hop on In­ter­state 95’s south­bound lanes can use a new en­trance ramp at State Road and Long­shore Av­en­ue.

The ramp, which is much wider that oth­er 95 en­trance ramps, was opened to traffic on Aug. 16. The on-ramp at Prin­ceton Av­en­ue was closed, and it is be­ing de­mol­ished this week­end.

The ramp should speed the ride to Cen­ter City, but con­struc­tion on the south­bound side of State Road was no help to mo­tor­ists in a hurry last week. Day­time traffic was crawl­ing past the work area last Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Trans­port­a­tion, the new ramp at State and Long­shore is one of two new on-ramps planned un­der PennDOT’s two-stage pro­ject to re­build and im­prove the Cottman Av­en­ue In­ter­change and 1.4 miles of I-95 between Bleigh Av­en­ue and Levick Street.

The new Long­shore Av­en­ue on-ramp has been built un­der the on­go­ing first stage of this I-95 pro­ject, which also in­cludes im­prove­ments to the ex­ist­ing north­bound on-ramp from Prin­ceton Av­en­ue and changes to sur­face roads in the in­ter­change area.

A second south­bound on-ramp, which will be ac­cessed from Cottman Av­en­ue east of State Road, will be built un­der the second stage of the pro­ject that is sched­uled to be un­der con­struc­tion in early 2012.

With the new ramp opened, crews on the $31.9 mil­lion pro­ject will be­gin de­mol­ish­ing the old Prin­ceton Av­en­ue on-ramp to south­bound I-95, in­clud­ing re­mov­al of the ramp’s over­pass at State Road.

Tent­at­ive plans call for that over­pass to be dis­mantled dur­ing the week­end of Aug. 26-28. State Road traffic will be de­toured at Prin­ceton Av­en­ue at that time.

Ad­di­tion­ally, PennDOT plans new traffic pat­terns on sec­tions of Prin­ceton and Cottman av­en­ues over the next month as crews com­plete the ramp re­mov­al and re­lated im­prove­ments to the in­ter­sec­tion of Prin­ceton Av­en­ue and State Road.

Those new traffic pat­terns in­clude chan­ging Prin­ceton Av­en­ue from an east­bound-only street to a two-way street between Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and State Road and chan­ging Cottman Av­en­ue from a west­bound-only street to a two-way street between Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and State Road.

In ad­di­tion, State Road has been widened to in­clude two south­bound lanes and one north­bound lane between Cottman Av­en­ue and New State Road.

Work also is con­tinu­ing on the ex­ist­ing north­bound on-ramp at Prin­ceton Av­en­ue, which is be­ing widened to ac­com­mod­ate a spur ramp that will be built from Mil­nor Street in au­tumn.

Mo­tor­ists can log on to 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic con­di­tions on ma­jor high­ways be­fore head­ing out.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 610-205-6700 or vis­it www.dot.state.pa.us/dis­trict6 ••

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