Construction of a $450 million interchange to directly connect the Pennsylvania Turnpike with I-95 will have far-reaching impacts — the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) foresees the project reducing congestion along the entire east coast. Locally, it will relieve the strain on Bucks County roads and reduce traffic in the greater Philadelphia region.
For nearly 10 years, Urban has provided construction management services for this project. The two-stage effort entails construction of two flyover bridges; widening of the Turnpike; and construction of six other connections between the two highways. One of the new flyover bridges (I-95 Northbound over the Turnpike) was constructed over 5 hours, during a night-time shutdown of the Turnpike. For a time-lapse glimpse of the complex installation and bolting of structural steel girders for the bridge, please watch the video below. A traffic detour was implemented during the shutdown and the contractor was able to erect steel girders in time for the re-opening of the Turnpike at 5:00 am to Monday commuters.
"This project has been an exciting challenge and will be a significant asset to transportation in the Mid-Atlantic region." - Jeff Wendel, Urban Engineers, Project Manager
The project extends from the Bensalem Route 1 Interchange to the Delaware River Bridge. This includes the final section of I-95 that was part of the Federal Interstate system identified during the Eisenhower administration thus completing I-95 from Maine to Florida. The project will require the re-designation of two major thoroughfares. The portion of existing I-95 north of the PA Turnpike will be re-designated as I-295. The portion of PA Turnpike (I-276) east of I-95 will be re-designated as I-95.
“This project has been an exciting challenge and will be a significant transportation asset in the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Jeff Wendel, PE, a project manager at Urban Engineers. “Urban is proud to have the opportunity to provide construction management services for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on this major highway project.”