April 26, 2024 Blog

I-95 CAP Update: PennDot Provides a Spring update as construction continues

Progress continues as the PennDot crews work on the I-95 CAP project this spring.

The Pennslyvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is replacing and expanding the existing covered section of I-95 at Penn’s Landing along the Delaware River Waterfront in Center City Philadelphia under the department’s $329 million I-95/CAP project.

The project aims to connect Philadelphians back to its Waterfront through improved pedestrian and multi-modal connections between Center City and the Waterfront. Construction of a new 11.5-acre Park at Penn’s Landing ( see renderings), and a new South Street pedestrian bridge are the two main components of this project.

 The Chestnut Mall on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing is being demolished by PennDOT as part of the I-95 CAP Construction project (April 2024).

PennDOT recently shared a spring construction recap highlighting several construction milestones:

  • In late 2023, crews removed the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge over Columbus Boulevard and the adjoining staircase and rotunda on the east side of the boulevard at Penn’s Landing. Please note that the best walking routes for visitors are now via South Street; Spruce Street, and Market Street to Columbus Boulevard.
  • Following the demolition of the existing concrete cover, sheet pile shoring was installed along Front Street which will help support the new cap structure. Work on the Front Street abutment will continue into the fall.
  • Workers will continue the construction of support foundations for the new South Street pedestrian bridge that will extend the crossing from the existing terminus on the east side of I-95 to the east side of Columbus Boulevard. The bridge itself is being assembled on a vacated parking lot on Columbus Boulevard near South Street. It will be lifted into place once the assembly is completed.

Review the full spring recap by PennDot here.

Though construction is well underway, public spaces along the Delaware River Waterfront are open. Visitors can enjoy great destinations such as  Race Street Pier, Cherry Street Pier, Washington Avenue Pier, Pier 68, Liberty Point , the Independence Seaport Museum, Morgan’s Pier, the Moshulu, and Chart House this spring.

Learn more about the best ways to arrive at the Delaware River Waterfront. 

Know Before You Go:

  • Visit 95revive.com for demolition, construction, mitigation, detours, and transportation impacts regarding the I-95 CAP construction. For questions and inquiries, individuals can contact PennDot’s hotline at 1-215-513-1399 or email their team at info@95revive.com.
  • Check PA traffic conditions, sign up for customized traffic alerts, and view live feeds from PennDOT’s traffic cameras at 511PA.com.
  • For public transportation updates and schedule changes visit SEPTA.org.

Restrooms along the Waterfront are currently accessible at Cherry Street Pier. Public restrooms under the Chestnut Mall are no longer available.