The Betsy Ross Bridge I-95 Ramp Reopens

Nov. 10, 2023
The project cost $96.5 million

Philadelphia motorists will find relief navigating the interstate. After three years of construction, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has reopened the ramp from the Betsy Ross Bridge to Interstate 95 South.

This is just one part of an ongoing series of highway and road rehabs and upgrades along I-95 in Philadelphia.

Reopening the ramp and its attendant connectors from Aramingo Avenue and Adams Avenue is a major milestone, according to PennDOT spokesperson Brad Rudolph. The ramp to southbound 95 had been closed since November 2020. 

The three-year roadwork project now wrapping up is only the second of five construction projects focusing on the Betsy Ross Bridge interchange and adjoining parts of I-95. An earlier segment was completed in 2017, and the next three are set to launch in 2024, 2026, and 2027. They’re tentatively scheduled for completion by 2030.

In addition, several other sets of projects on and around the highway are simultaneously underway at Allegheny, Bridge Street, Cottman Avenue, and Girard Avenue, with the goal of expanding the road’s capacity, making it safer, and accommodating evolving driver demand, Rudolph said. More than $2 billion has been spent so far.

The six-lane, 1.6 mile-long Betsy Ross Bridge connects Philly with Pennsauken, New Jersey. Opened in 1976, it is heavily used, with 7.3 million vehicle trips annually, according to the Delaware River Port Authority

The project cost $96.5 million.