PA Turnpike / I-95 Interchange Project

Route 13 Connector Project

Project Description

The limits of the Route 13 Connector project extend from the former DVI Toll Plaza to Route 13. The Route 13 Connector ramp and bridge over Ellwood Avenue are being realigned to the south in order to directly link traffic to a proposed at-grade signalized intersection with Route 13. The reconstruction/widening of the Route 13 Connector ramp consists of plain cement concrete pavement with single lanes 12-15 feet wide in each direction with each lane accompanied by inside (5-foot) and outside (10-foot) shoulders. As the Route 13 Connector ramp converges at the signalized intersection with Route 13, the ramp widens to multiple on- and off-ramp turn lanes. As part of the realignment, the Route 13 Connector ramp bridge over Ellwood Avenue is being reconstructed in two separate stages, one for off-ramp to Route 13 and one for the on-ramp from Route 13. Existing PECO poles carrying electric wires and various fiber optic cables (Comcast, Verizon, Sunesys) which span over and under the existing Route 13 Connector ramp bridge at Ellwood Avenue are to be relocated. The existing bridge over Route 13 will be demolished.

Project Schedule

It is anticipated that the project will involve 5 stages of construction beginning in the spring of 2018 and completing in August of 2020. During the various stages of construction traffic will be maintained on the ramp and Route 13 with limited periodic lanes restrictions during off-peak nighttime hours

Project Limits

Route 13 Connector Project Limits

Construction Status

September 2018

  • Continued drilling jack/bore casing under existing ramp to Route 13.
  • Continued placing drainage pipe inside drilled casing.
  • Continued placing embankment along the exit ramp west of Ellwood Avenue.
  • Began installing drainage pipe adjacent to the exit ramp tying into Sediment Traps Nos. 1 & 2.
  • Continued placing topsoil to final grades for Sediment Trap No. 2.
  • Began driving soldier piles and building support of excavation at Abutment No. 1 of the I-276 Bridge over Ellwood Bridge.
  • Began driving test and production piles at Abutment No. 1 of the I-276 Bridge over Ellwood Bridge.
  • Began grading subgrade and subbase for shoulder widening along entry ramp to I-276/I-95.
  • Began slipforming concrete pavement for shoulder widening along entry ramp to I-276/I-95.

Image Gallery

  • Installation of soldier piles and corresponding wooden lagging at Abutment No. 1 of the Ellwood Bridge
    (Sep 2018)

  • Preparing for testing of friction pile
    (Sep 2018)

  • Dynamic testing measuring the bearing capacity for driving the friction test pile
    (Sep 2018)

  • Driving friction test piles
    (Sep 2018)

  • Driven piles at Abutment No. 1 of the Ellwood Bridge
    (Sep 2018)

  • Installation of drainage pipe adjacent to entry ramp
    (Sep 2018)

  • Grading of subbase material for widened shoulders of entry ramp
    (Sep 2018)

  • Concrete delivery outletting to concrete conveyor machine
    (Sep 2018)

  • Placement of concrete material to be spread and vibrated by slipform paver
    (Sep 2018)

  • Finishing of concrete surface for widened shoulder of entry ramp
    (Sep 2018)

  • Finished pavement by slipforming operation
    (Sep 2018)

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