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

October/November 2018

  • Placed pre-cast pavement slabs west of Toll Plaza.
  • Formed and poured concrete pavement north and south of Ramp A/B bridge over I-276 at Bensalem Interchange for on-ramp to eastbound I-276.
  • Installed median concrete barrier and guiderail.
  • Shifted traffic onto new on-ramp and bridge to eastbound I-276.
  •  Excavated, graded, and paved asphalt treated base course for on-ramp to westbound I-276.
  •   Formed and poured concrete pavement for on-ramp to westbound I-276.
  •   Demolished remaining bridge deck for on-ramp to eastbound I-276.
  •   Removed steel girders from bridge for on-ramp to eastbound I-276.

Image Gallery

  • Grading operation for installation of precast pavement slabs at Toll Plaza
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

  • Placement of precast pavement slabs at Toll Plaza
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

  • Interlocking of precast pavement slabs at Toll Plaza
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

  • Preparation of load transfer bars for cast in place concrete shoulder
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

  • Pouring/screeding of cast in place concrete roadway for on-ramp to eastbound I-276
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

  • Sawcutting and sealing concrete pavement joints
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

  • Finished concrete pavement for on-ramp to eastbound I-276
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

  • Traffic shifted onto realigned on-ramp to eastbound I-276
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

  • Traffic switched onto new on-ramp bridge
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

  • Grading subgrade for reconfigured on-ramp to westbound I-276
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

  • Grading subbase for reconfigured on-ramp to westbound I-276
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

  • Paving of asphalt treated base course
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

  • Proposed on-ramp tie-in to westbound I-276
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

  • Forming/installation of load transfer bars for on-ramp to westbound I-276
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

  • Demolition of existing concrete bridge deck
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

  • Removal of steel girders from existing bridge
    (Oct/Nov 2018)

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