I-95 Interchange Project
PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange Project
The Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Project now directly connects these two highways. One of the goals of this project is to reduce congestion on local Bucks County roadways as well as improve the flow of traffic in the Philadelphia region
and along the entire east coast.
This website will inform the public with timely and accurate construction information to improve travel while using the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 95 in the Bucks County area.
Keeping the public informed of construction activities will enable safe and expeditious travel through the construction zones.
For additional information on this project, including the latest design information, please click on the appropriate links in the menu at the top.
The PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange Project now directly connects the PA Turnpike and Interstate 95, thus making Interstate 95 continuous throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.
The Preliminary Design Phase was Completed in 2008. All Final Design and Construction activities for Stage 1 elements were completed in 2021. The schedule of construction for Stage 2 and Stage 3 elements is largely dependent on funding.
Section D30 construction began in August 2023 and will reconstruct and widen the turnpike to three lanes in each direction between Bensalem Boulevard and the I-95 flyover connection. Click the button below to view more information on Section D30.
Click the Design & Construction button for more information about the entire PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange project.
In 1969, Interstate 95 was completed without a direct connection to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which had been constructed more than 10 years prior. The lack of a direct connection has created confusion for regional travelers and resulted in increased congestion on local arterial roadways used by motorists to connect between the interstate highways.
Several previous studies in the 1970s and 80s have suggested ways to join these two roads but were discontinued for a variety of engineering and environmental reasons. The goal of the latest environmental impact study, completed in 2003, was to determine whether a direct connection could be developed between the PA Turnpike and I-95, while minimizing impacts on socioeconomic and environmental resources.
The objectives for the Interchange Project:
- Provide an improved linkage between the PA Turnpike and I-95 for easier interstate travel
- Complete I-95 through the Mid-Atlantic region by constructing an interchange and redesignating the PA and NJ Turnpikes
- Reduce the amount of traffic on local roads currently used to make the connection between I-95 and the PA Turnpike
- Increase the capacity on the PA Turnpike and I-95 to accommodate the transfer of traffic from the local roads to the interstates
- Improve travel time through the study area by reducing traffic delays
For more specific updates, including progress photos, please see our Design & Construction page.
New Falls Road Bridge replacement completed.
Route 13 Connector completed.
Flyover structures are open to traffic.
Hulmeville Road bridge reconstructed.
Section D10 completed.
Tolling conversion to Neshaminy Falls toll plaza and Westbound Cashless Tolling point implemented at the Delaware River Bridge. Section B completed.
Bensalem Boulevard Bridge reconstructed.
Wetland mitigation and stream mitigation sites completed. Richlieu Road and Ford Road bridges reconstructed. Section B construction began.
Galloway Road and Bristol Oxford Valley Road bridges reconstructed.
2009 - 2010
Final Design underway. Stage 1 construction began.
2004 - 2008
Preliminary Design completed.
The PA Turnpike Commission receives authorization of federal funds for the project's design. Design for the interchange project is initiated.
PA Turnpike Commission studied a high-speed, direct interchange between the PA Turnpike and I-95. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is completed, evaluating the various design alternatives and their potential impacts and documenting the preferred alternative. The Record of Decision (ROD) is issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), approving the preferred alternative identified in the FEIS. Download the Record of Decision.
PA Turnpike Commission studies a slow-speed, conventional interchange between the PA Turnpike and I-95 (see map, Scheme B). Engineers conclude this interchange is inadequate once updated traffic volumes are generated for the project.
PA Act 61 authorizes the PA Turnpike Commission to construct many projects throughout the state including an interchange between the PA Turnpike and I-95 in lower Bucks County and Turnpike widening from Valley Forge to the Delaware River.
The Federal Surface Transportation Assistance Act specifies that I-95 be completed through a PA Turnpike/I-95 interchange which would connect to the NJ Turnpike using the Delaware River Bridge.
PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) studies a connection between the PA Turnpike and I-95 through Silver Lake and Delhaas Woods in Bristol. No further studies are conducted due to potential major environmental impacts.
I-95 is completed through Bucks County. The original plan included ways to interchange between the PA Turnpike and I-95, but federal funds were not permitted to be used to directly connect an Interstate highway to a toll road, under federal laws and regulations of that period. (The federal laws have since been modified to permit such a project.)
Delaware River extension of PA Turnpike and Delaware River Bridge is completed.
Construction of the new PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange has allowed planned implementation of the 1982 Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) provision, where I-95 in Pennsylvania is now redesignated through the new Interchange with I-276 (PA Turnpike), east along the PA Turnpike, across the Delaware River Bridge of the NJ Turnpike Connector to New Jersey, east along the connector to NJ Turnpike Exit 6 and then north along the NJ Turnpike. The previous section of I-95 north of the new Interchange continues to serve interstate traffic and be maintained to Interstate standards but required a new route designation.
The approved renumbering scheme consists of the extension of I-295 from its original terminus at the Route 1 Interchange in New Jersey over the original I-95 alignment to the new Interchange with the PA Turnpike. In Pennsylvania, this required the redesignation of I-95, for 10.4 miles from the PA Turnpike to the Scudder Falls bridge as I-295 East (toward Princeton)/West (toward Philadelphia), and in New Jersey, this required the redesignation of I-95, for 9.2 miles from the Scudder Falls bridge to Route 1, as I-295 North (toward Pennsylvania)/South (toward Wilmington), which has been completed. This redesignation scheme was approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in May 2015.
For additional information on the redesignation and associated timing, please go to i95link.com.