Nighttime Repairs on I-95 in Philadelphia to Cause Traffic Delays

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that nighttime bridge deck repairs and other construction activities will take place next week on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. This work is part of a $37.4 million project aimed at performing high-priority repairs on 27 bridges along this crucial corridor, ensuring continued functionality, safety, and mobility.

From Tuesday, May 28, through Thursday, May 30, lane closures will occur between 8:00 PM and 5:00 AM on the ramp from Front Street/Walt Whitman Bridge to northbound I-95 for concrete deck repair. Additionally, from Tuesday, May 28, through Friday, May 31, single lane closures will begin at 9:00 PM, followed by double lane closures from 12:00 AM to 5:00 AM on both northbound and southbound I-95 between Milnor Street and Ashburner Street for testing operations.

On Thursday, May 30, and Friday, May 31, from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM, traffic slowdowns are expected on northbound and southbound I-95 between Oregon Avenue and Christian Street for survey operations. Further closures will extend from Monday, June 3, through Friday, June 7, with a single lane closure at 9:00 PM, followed by a double lane closure from 12:00 AM to 5:00 AM on northbound I-95 between Milnor Street and Ashburner Street for diamond grinding.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through these work areas as traffic backups and delays will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

Under this contract, PennDOT’s contractor will repair deteriorated bridge decks, superstructure components, and substructures as needed. Work on the superstructures includes fixing structural steel, weld cracks, prestressed concrete beams, bridge railings, guiderails, and steel sign supports. The project also involves replacing expansion joints, sealing deck joints, and repairing strip seal glands on the bridge decks.

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Substructure work will entail repairing or reconstructing bearing pedestals and steel fixed bearings, addressing deteriorated concrete portions, cleaning bridge seats, resetting expansion bearings, and removing debris under the bridges.

Moreover, 11 overhead steel sign structures will be cleaned and repainted, and existing roadway lighting will be upgraded to LED luminaires.

IEW Construction Group, Inc., of Hamilton, N.J., is the general contractor for this federally funded project. Physical construction is expected to be completed by late 2027.

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