I-95 project lands $212 million contract


North­east Phil­adelphia will be the site of the most ex­pens­ive con­struc­tion con­tract in the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Trans­port­a­tion’s his­tory — a $212.3 mil­lion ef­fort to re­build a por­tion of In­ter­state 95 and its Cottman Av­en­ue In­ter­change.

PennDOT awar­ded the low-bid con­tract to Walsh Con­struc­tion Com­pany II of Can­ons­burg, Pa. Work will be­gin in Au­gust with ma­jor util­ity re­place­ments along Wissi­nom­ing Street.

Main­line con­struc­tion on I-95 could start as early as fall 2013 to pre­pare the high­way’s shoulders and me­di­an. Work is ex­pec­ted to con­tin­ue through sum­mer 2017.

“This re­cord-set­ting con­tract is for the second stage of our two-stage pro­gram to im­prove travel through the I-95/Cottman Av­en­ue In­ter­change by build­ing new ramps, up­grad­ing loc­al streets and provid­ing a con­tinu­ous fourth travel lane in each dir­ec­tion on the in­ter­state,” PennDOT Dis­trict 6 Ex­ec­ut­ive Lester C. Toaso said in a prin­ted state­ment.

“We are ad­dress­ing crit­ic­al road­way, bridge and util­ity in­fra­struc­ture needs at this heav­ily traveled in­ter­change to provide mo­tor­ists with smooth­er travel for years ahead.”

The pre­vi­ous re­cord con­tract was a $105.4 mil­lion up­grade of Route 202 in Chester County.

Walsh will re­build 1.4 miles of I-95 between Levick Street and Bleigh Av­en­ue; re­place sev­en struc­tur­ally de­fi­cient bridges on the high­way and widen an­oth­er; build a new on-ramp to south­bound I-95 from Cottman Av­en­ue; up­grade four ex­ist­ing ramps; ex­tend Prin­ceton Av­en­ue east­bound to Mil­nor Street; re­con­struct New State Road; build 13 re­tain­ing walls; re­place an 84-inch dia­met­er wa­ter main and a 10.5-foot by 10.5-foot sew­er box cul­vert along Wissi­nom­ing Street; and in­stall storm wa­ter drain­age pipes and In­tel­li­gent Trans­port­a­tion Sys­tem equip­ment.

This con­tract fol­lows a $34 mil­lion phase that is near­ing com­ple­tion at the Cottman Av­en­ue In­ter­change. Crews have built two new ramps and im­proved Cottman Av­en­ue, Prin­ceton Av­en­ue and State Road to move traffic to and from I-95, en­han­cing the Ta­cony neigh­bor­hood. The phase began in 2009 and will fin­ish this sum­mer.

About 128,000 vehicles travel on I-95 at the Cottman Av­en­ue In­ter­change daily.

Vis­it www.95re­vive.com for pro­ject in­form­a­tion. ••


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