As part of the ongoing project to improve the Interstate 95/Cottman Avenue Interchange in Northeast Philadelphia, the eastbound Princeton Avenue on-ramp to northbound Interstate 95 in Tacony will close for five days, beginning today for the installation of a drainage pipe 35 feet beneath the ramp.
The ramp will close Monday, March 19 at 9 a.m. and reopen Friday afternoon March 23.
During the ramp closure, eastbound Princeton Avenue motorists will be detoured north on State Road to Linden Avenue, and left at Linden Avenue to the ramp to I-95 North. Message boards and signs will be posted to direct motorists along the detour route.
PennDOT’s contractor is rebuilding and widening the existing Princeton Avenue on-ramp to include a new spur ramp from Milnor Street as part of PennDOT’s $31.9 million project to improve the I-95/Cottman Avenue Interchange. Construction at the interchange began in May 2009 and will finish later this year.
Tony DePaul and Son of Blue Bell, Montgomery County is the general contractor on the project financed with 90 percent federal and 10 percent state funds.
The second and final phase of PennDOT’s I-95/Cottman Avenue Improvement Project will start construction later this year. This project will include the construction of a second new ramp to I-95 South from Cottman Avenue, improvements to the existing northbound and southbound off-ramps, and the reconstruction of 1.4 miles of I-95 between Bleigh Avenue and Levick Street.