PA Turnpike / I-95 Interchange Project

Section A1 - Bridge Replacement at Bensalem Interchange Ramps over Mainline

Project Description

The Section A1 project involves the replacement of the two existing bridges at the Bensalem (Route 1) Interchange with a single span bridge.  The footprint of the proposed bridge is being shifted east to accommodate the new staged ramp configuration for the future widening of the PA Turnpike. Additionally the existing Westbound on ramp will be realigned to improve the current traffic flow operations.

The construction for this project also includes:

  • Demolition of existing bridges over PA Turnpike mainline.
  • Building of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall adjacent to eastbound PA Turnpike mainline off-ramp.
  • Construction of future eastbound PA Turnpike mainline off-ramp roadway.
  • Placement of concrete pavement via staged ramp reconstruction.
  • Upgrade of drainage measures and mast lighting installed throughout the Interchange.
  • Installation of a precast slab interlocking system located at the Interchange’s roadway approach.

Project Schedule

The Notice To Proceed was August 2016. The duration of the project is over two and half (2 ½) years with construction completing by May 2019.

Construction Status

December 2018 to February 2019

  • Completed cast in place concrete pavement for on-ramp to westbound I-276.
  • Completed cast in place concrete pavement for on-ramp to eastbound I-276.
  • Shifted traffic onto reconfigured concrete pavement on-ramp to westbound I-276.
  • Shifted traffic onto on-ramp concrete pavement and bridge to eastbound I-276. 
  • Installed highway lighting conduit and poles.
  • Demolished both existing abutments and piers.
  • Began excavating material from Sediment Traps 3A and 3B to convert to stormwater basins.

Image Gallery

  • Removal of existing structural steel girders from on-ramp bridge to eastbound I-276
    (Dec 2018 Jan/Feb 2019)

  • Placing cast in place concrete pavement for reconfigured on-ramp to westbound I-276
    (Dec 2018 Jan/Feb 2019)

  • Sawcutting and sealing concrete pavement joints
    (Dec 2018 Jan/Feb 2019)

  • Traffic shifted onto reconfigured concrete pavement on-ramp to westbound I-276
    (Dec 2018 Jan/Feb 2019)

  • Traffic shifted onto reconfigured concrete pavement on-ramp to eastbound and westbound I-276
    (Dec 2018 Jan/Feb 2019)

  • Traffic entering from Toll Plaza to new concrete pavement
    (Dec 2018 Jan/Feb 2019)

  • Trenching highway lighting adjacent to on-ramp to eastbound I-276
    (Dec 2018 Jan/Feb 2019)

  • Demolishing existing south abutment wall
    (Dec 2018 Jan/Feb 2019)

  • Demolishing existing north abutment wall
    (Dec 2018 Jan/Feb 2019)

  • Excavating for Stormwater Basin 3A
    (Dec 2018 Jan/Feb 2019)

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