I-95 south ramp to Girard Avenue closing for construction 2 years

John McDevitt
July 23, 2019 - 7:48 pm
A busy ramp from Southbound I-95 to Girard Avenue will be shut down at 8 p.m. Tuesday night and will remain so for two years while PennDOT crews reconstruct a mile long stretch of the southbound viaduct between Port Richmond to Fishtown.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A busy ramp from southbound I-95 to Girard Avenue will be shut down Tuesday night and will remain so for two years while PennDOT crews reconstruct a mile-long stretch of the southbound viaduct between Port Richmond to Fishtown. 

PennDOT reconstructed the northbound ramp lanes a while back. Now, southbound ramp lanes will remain closed for two years for the work, so those who hop off at Girard Avenue should take the Southbound off-ramp to Allegheny, turn left on Allegheny Avenue, take that to Allen Street and that will take you to Fishtown, where you'll have access to Girard or Aramingo avenues.

"We finished northbound lanes a while back. Now we are reconstructing the entire southbound viaduct between the Port Richmond section all the way into Fishtown. Between Ann and Palmer streets. It's a mile-long viaduct, and this will help us complete this reconstruction by closing this ramp, which is part of the viaduct," said PennDOT's Brad Rudolph. 

Many Port Richmond residents, including Mary Blum, say traffic in the area will be a nightmare.

"For two years. That's a joke, that's really a joke. I'm laughing 'cause I think it's funny, what's people going to do for two years," Blum said. 

But resident Tom Vielecki sees it differently.

"It's exciting. It's so much excitement I think its going to bring the value to the community. It's amazing," he said. 

He said PennDOT's plans to beautify the neighborhood with landscaping and new lighting as part of the project is worth the two-year wait.

An extension to the Delaware River greenway multi-use trail is the plan.