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I-95 Cap Feasibility Study

Study Purpose

WILMAPCO is leading this effort to study the feasibility of capping one or more sections of I-95 between the Delaware Avenue bridge to the north and the 6th Street bridge to the south. There are four other streets that bridge over I-95 in this corridor, including 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Streets. The five areas between the bridges differ in size, and create an opportunity for multiple concepts to be developed utilizing some, or all, of these spaces to create new connections between neighborhoods and result in new public spaces for the residents.

Project Study Area

This study will result in a concept(s) for a cap over I-95, including potential uses such as new public spaces or transportation facilities, as well as a cap structure that can support the preferred uses. The concept(s) will have been vetted with the community and stakeholders through an intensive public outreach process. The final report will detail all aspects of the study, including bicycle, pedestrian and transit access to the new space from the adjacent neighborhoods. The report will also include the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) documentation needed for the project to be eligible for local, state, and federal funding.

Why a Cap for I-95?

The construction of I-95 through Wilmington resulted in the destruction of 360-370 homes between Adams and Jackson Streets, primarily impacting communities of color. The ramps to downtown were constructed as a compromise to try bringing economic development to the downtown and Riverfront to offset the loss of this neighborhood. Construction of I-95 effectively created a wall between the West Side neighborhood and the downtown area separating neighborhoods. This also substantially increased traffic on parts of Adams and Jackson Streets, which now serve as busy service roads for the I-95 ramps instead of quiet neighborhood streets.


The I-95 corridor during construction. Photo Credit: Hargreaves Jones

To address this historic inequity created by I-95, Wilmington is now joining an ever-growing number of cities that are exploring ways to reconnect neighborhoods and provide new public spaces by creating caps over urban highways. These new lands are being used to create green spaces, plazas and cultural amenities that can reconnect neighborhoods and encourage residents to walk and bike more in the adjacent communities.

Advisory Committee (AC) #1 – September 30, 2021

The Advisory Committee consists of neighborhood/civic organizations, community and advocacy groups, churches, local, state and federal agencies; and city, state and US elected officials.  This committee serves as an important connection to the community and area leaders, and is an important part of the decision-making process.  To view the complete list of Advisory Committee members, please click below.  If you have ideas for organizations or individuals who should be added to the Committee, please email Dgula@wilmapco.org.

Stay Involved

  • Email: Dave Gula, Project Manager at dgula@wilmapco.org
  • Phone: (302) 737-6205
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