September 6, 2023 Blog

Penn’s Landing CAP and Civic Space Breaks Ground

Construction has begun on the Penn’s Landing CAP and civic space, and it was celebrated today with a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark this momentous milestone.

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) team gathered along with its board of directors, Governor Shapiro, Mayor Kenney, city officials, local leaders, and project partners to break ground and officially launch the 1-95 CAP project , which will make way for the Park at Penn’s Landing.

The 1-95 CAP Project, which is led by PennDot, will consist of a CAP (or decking) over 1-95 and Columbus Boulevard, that will be the foundation for the 11-acre park (review the latest park designs, as well as learn more about the project background and public engagement process ).

Another key element of the PennDot project is the extension of the South Street Pedestrian Bridge across Columbus Boulevard to the southern edge of the Penn’s Landing marina basin, creating a new access to the Waterfront and an iconic gateway to Penn’s Landing.

The Penn’s Landing CAP and civic space is also the capstone of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware, which serves as a roadmap to guide the development along the Waterfront.  

In the last decade, DRWC has created accessible and engaging public spaces with hundreds of free, seasonal events, programs, public art, music, food, and wellness activities, which is now all connected by the new  Delaware River Trail for bikers, runners, walkers, and the like. With the CAP and civic space underway, the greater Philadelphia region will have even more access to all these Waterfornt amenities and more. (Learn about what DRWC accomplished in the last decade through the Master Plan ).

DRWC could not have reached this milestone without the support of its many partners including PennDot, William Penn Foundation, Pew Charitable Trust, The Knight Foundation, and the City of Philadelphia.

To stay up to date on the I-95 CAP construction, visit, and for updates on the new Park at Penn’s Landing continue visiting