Northeast Times

Construction continues on I-95 at Cottman Ave.

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The Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Trans­port­a­tion has im­ple­men­ted new traffic pat­terns on both dir­ec­tions of In­ter­state 95 at the Cottman Av­en­ue In­ter­change to ac­com­mod­ate the on­go­ing $212 mil­lion pro­ject to re­build and widen the high­way between Rhawn and Levick streets.

Mo­tor­ists will find three north­bound and three south­bound travel lanes now shif­ted away from the cen­ter me­di­an and to­ward the out­er por­tions of the road­way through 1.4 miles of the in­ter­state. This pat­tern will be in place for about three months as crews re­move the me­di­an bar­ri­er, in­stall drain­age pipes and re­build the me­di­an for use as travel lanes dur­ing fu­ture con­struc­tion stages.

The $212 mil­lion pro­ject is the most ex­pens­ive in the his­tory of PennDOT and is the second and fi­nal phase of the agency’s I-95/Cottman Av­en­ue In­ter­change Im­prove­ment pro­gram. Work began last Au­gust and will fin­ish in 2016. The sched­ule is weath­er-de­pend­ent.

The im­prove­ments in the area of the Cottman Av­en­ue In­ter­change in­clude re­con­struct­ing sev­en struc­tur­ally de­fi­cient bridges, re­fur­bish­ing the State Road Via­duct, widen­ing I-95 to provide a fourth con­tinu­ous lane in each dir­ec­tion between the State Road Via­duct and Levick Street, up­grad­ing ex­ist­ing off-ramps, con­struct­ing a new on-ramp, ex­tend­ing Prin­ceton Av­en­ue east­bound to Mil­nor Street, re­con­struct­ing a sec­tion of New State Road and build­ing 13 re­tain­ing walls. ••

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