News for Immediate Release


Princeton Avenue On-Ramp to I-95 North in Philadelphia to Close Two Days for Construction

PennDOT to Open New Ramp from Milnor Street to I-95 North

As construction nears completion on the $31 million, phase-one project to improve the Interstate 95/Cottman Avenue Interchange in Northeast Philadelphia, the eastbound Princeton Avenue on-ramp to northbound I-95 will be closed from 7 p.m. Tuesday (July 24) to 3 p.m. Thursday (July 26), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

Once the Princeton Avenue on-ramp reopens on July 26, PennDOT’s contractor will perform additional signal work to open the new ramp to I-95 North from Milnor Street on Friday, July 27.

During the closure of the Princeton Avenue on-ramp, 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.

The two-day closure of the Princeton Avenue on-ramp is required to complete construction to widen the ramp, relocate concrete barriers, paint traffic lines and install “rumble strips” along the shoulders.

The opening of the Milnor Street on-ramp to I-95 North will substantially complete the first phase of PennDOT’s Cottman Avenue Interchange Improvement Project that began in May 2009.

Tony DePaul and Son of Blue Bell, Montgomery County is the general contractor on the project. Construction is financed with 90 percent federal and 10 percent state funds.

PennDOT’s second and final phase of the Cottman Avenue project will move to construction in August. The $212.3 million project, awarded to Walsh Construction Company II, LLC of Canonsburg, Pa., is the largest construction contract in PennDOT history.

The second-phase project includes construction of a 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.

Visit for more information on the I-95/Cottman Avenue Interchange Improvement Project.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on I-95 and other major highways before heading out.

Media contact: Gene Blaum, PennDOT Assistant Press Secretary, 610-205-6800

Source:PennDOT Engineering District 6, King of Prussia, Pa.
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