Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

02/23/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/23/2024 08:03

CAP Demolition to Close I-95 South for 36 Hours February 24-26 in Center City Philadelphia

CAP Demolition to Close I-95 South for 36 Hours February 24-26 in Center City Philadelphia


Philadelphia, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) reminds motorists that southbound Interstate 95 will be closed and detoured from Saturday evening, February 24, to Monday morning, February 26, between I-676/Callowhill Street (Exit 22) and the Morris Street on-ramp in Philadelphia. This closure comes as PennDOT continues demolition under the $329 million CAP project to replace and expand the covered area over I-95 in Penn's Landing.

Weather permitting, motorists are advised of the following weekend travel restrictions:

The Market Street ramp to I-95 South, which closed on Monday, February 19, will remain closed through Monday, March 11. Drivers will be directed to follow the posted detour signs to southbound Columbus Boulevard and access I-95 South at Morris Street. Trucks will use the Front Street on-ramp to I-95 South.

Motorists are advised to avoid the closure areas this weekend because significant backups and delays will occur on I-95, the alternate routes and several surface streets in the vicinity of the work area.

Several regional detours will be in place that will advise motorists to use I-76, I-276, I-476, U.S. 1, Route 309, the New Jersey Turnpike, I-295 and U.S. 130 to access I-95 South below the closure area.

Electronic message boards on I-76, I-276, I-476, and other regional transportation arteries in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey are being used to alert motorists about the closure and provide information about alternate routes.

PennDOT will have an I-95 CAP Closure Detours page on its 511PA website where real-time travel times are displayed for the alternate routes around the I-95 South closure. Users can also see traffic cameras, incidents, construction, weather forecasts and alerts, and traffic speeds on the map.

The weekend closures are being coordinated with neighboring states, the City of Philadelphia, the Sports Complex, SEPTA, and other stakeholders and transportation agencies across the region.

On Monday morning, February 5, PennDOT's contractor reopened I-95 North in Center City Philadelphia several hours ahead of schedule after successful demolition and cleanup operations to safely bring down the existing covered sections over the northbound lanes.

By replacing and extending the cap over I-95 and Columbus Boulevard between Chestnut and Walnut streets, the I-95 Central Access Philadelphia (CAP) Project will improve pedestrian and multimodal connections between Center City and the waterfront. The project has two main components: a new Park at Penn's Landing, and a new signature bridge at South Street, both of which will also extend over Columbus Boulevard to connect cyclists and pedestrians to the newly completed Delaware River Trail.

The new Park will be an 11.5-acre civic space spanning I-95 and Columbus Boulevard between Chestnut and Walnut streets, extending from Front Street to the Delaware River. It will include amenities including gardens, play areas, flexible open space, a contemplative setting for the Irish and Scottish Memorials, and a mass-timber Pavilion.

Additional project details, construction updates, project detours and other information are available at and

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Contact: Brad Rudolph, [email protected]

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