Bridge construction could bring some Fishtown traffic headaches

Beginning Tuesday, a section of Girard Avenue in Philadelphia will be closed for about a year to allow bridge construction.


This is the second of six contracts to rebuild three miles of Interstate 95 between Race Street and Girard Avenue, but PennDOT‘s Gene Blaum says drivers on the interstate will not see any disruptions.

“Local traffic that wants to stay within the area is going to be detoured over Aramingo Avenue, Cumberland Street and Richmond Street,” he said.

Blaum says motorists on Girard Avenue who need to access Interstate 95 north will be able to use an old ramp that will be reopened just for the construction period.

“If you are on northbound Girard Avenue and you are heading towards I-95 northbound, you are going to exit Girard Avenue down to Aramingo toward 95, you are going to cross over Aramingo Avenue to access the ramp to 95 north,” he explained.

This part of the project is going to cost $91 million. It will take $900 million to redo the larger section of I-95.

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