Girard Point Bridge Improvement Project
In July 2022, the General Assembly amended the state's P3 law to remove tolling as a means of funding the MBP3. As a result, the path forward for the I-95 Girard Point Bridge Improvement Project is still being evaluated.
The I-95 Girard Point Bridge is a double-decked cantilevered truss bridge that is nearly a mile long (5,183 feet) and built in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The purpose of the I-95 Girard Point Bridge Improvement Project is to ensure that this bridge, which is an essential transportation facility for the Philadelphia metropolitan region, continues to provide a safe and reliable crossing over the Schuylkill River, and to improve the adjacent approach structures and pavement between Island Avenue and the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The project is intended to provide a smoother driving experience, enhanced safety, improved access to the adjacent Philadelphia International Airport and Navy Yard, and to keep the bridge in sound structural condition.
The corridor crosses over state and local highways as well as the Schuylkill River and carries an average of 148,500 vehicles per day, about 6 percent of which is truck traffic.
The transportation improvement project will include approach roadway pavement repairs; concrete substructure repairs; installation of river pier protections; structural steel repairs and evaluations of fatigue repair performance; bridge superstructure painting; expansion dam replacements and drainage systems repairs; Latex-Modified Concrete (LMC) deck overlays; and other miscellaneous bridge repairs.
The project's construction start date is not yet determined.
September 2022 Project Update
In February of 2021, the project was selected as a candidate for bridge tolling under the Major Bridge P3 (MBP3) Initiative and analysis was being performed to study the potential impacts related to tolling and toll diversion in accordance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). In July 2022, the General Assembly amended the state's P3 law to remove tolling as a means of funding the MBP3 and PennDOT is continuing to evaluate the path forward for the I-95 Girard Point Bridge Project.
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