In early January, PennDOT contractors began to dismantle the Cramps Shipyard building. PennDOT is removing the Cramp Building to make way for two new ramps that will connect I-95 to Richmond Street.
The building was built in 1913 and was part of the once-thriving William Cramp & Sons ship-building complex. Prior to and during World War II, steam turbine engines and naval gun turrets were produced in the building. PennDOT has been working with archaeologists to conserve and document many of the treasures that have been found in the area that was once the shipyard. Additionally, PennDOT has been working with local industrial artists to identify items to salvage for potential future public art installations in the project area. Those items will be removed and put into storage prior taking the building down.