Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1990. At this point, I-76 narrows to four lanes and turns south, with a CSX railroad branch parallel to the west and CSX's Harrisburg Subdivision parallel to the east. The construction of the Schuylkill Expressway took almost ten years to complete. On the afternoon of June 8, 2011, a section of the Schuylkill Expressway near Grays Ferry Avenue buckled from temperatures around 100 °F (38 °C), causing lane closures. , PennDOT undertook an $8 million project that would help reduce traffic congestion along the highway. Election boards in the region will release periodic updates starting right after polls close Tuesday.  From here, I-76 widens to six lanes and passes north of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, coming to an interchange with 7th Street and Packer Avenue that has an eastbound exit and entrance and a westbound exit. The freeway passes under CSX's Harrisburg Subdivision and comes to an interchange with US 13 and US 30 at Girard Avenue. The freeway enters the borough of West Conshohocken and comes to an interchange with I-476 that also has ramps providing access to PA 23 and serving the boroughs of West Conshohocken and Conshohocken. Past the toll plaza, the Schuylkill Expressway narrows to four lanes, with two lanes in each direction, and comes to an eastbound exit and entrance with Gulph Road, providing access to Valley Forge National Historical Park and the King of Prussia Town Center, and a westbound exit and entrance with Mall Boulevard, providing access to the King of Prussia mall to the northeast of the road. A scaled-down widening project was successfully undertaken from 1969 to 1972 to widen a short section of the road to six lanes through Fairmount Park. “Replacing the median barrier now saves the department from issuing a separate contract to replace the barrier at a later time,” Rudolph added, “which would impact travelers during another construction season.”. I-76 comes to an interchange with City Avenue on the border of Lower Merion Township and the city of Philadelphia in Philadelphia County; City Avenue heads southwest as US 1 and northeast across the Schuylkill River on the City Avenue Bridges to an interchange with Ridge Avenue, Lincoln Drive, and Kelly Drive. First crews need to mill the entire deck and perform hydro-demolition to remove the steel supports that kept the median in place. In 1970, with federal funds, the state completely redesigned and rebuilt the complex of on- and off-ramps in the vicinity of City Line Avenue and the Roosevelt Boulevard Extension. Bureau of Public Roads Papers, Record Group 30, National Archives and Records Administration, Archives II, College Park, Maryland. Highway mania had intensified in 1938 with publication of “Toll Roads and Free Roads,” prepared by the Bureau of Public Roads (BPR). Nor did Clark, Rapuano’s flawed design grapple any more successfully with the topographical obstacles presented by the rugged, albeit idyllic, Schuylkill Valley terrain as it entered the city limits. So get ready for a bottlenecked 76 between 30th Street Station and University Avenue for the rest of the year. Edmund N. Bacon Papers, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. This marks the point heading eastbound where the Delaware River Port Authority maintains the road. A short distance later, the freeway comes to a westbound exit and eastbound entrance providing access to I-95 and Front Street. (Photograph by Donald D. Groff for the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia). By September 1955, as seen in this image, the expressway near the City Avenue exit was only dirt lanes leveled and reinforced. Immediately after its completion, operational studies performed on the Schuylkill Expressway found that the route would be unable to cope with the area's growing traffic demands, due to the many substandard design elements and compromises incorporated to cope with the rugged, difficult routing of the road. Elmo drum line, CNN broadcasts, dance parties and dueling rallies. The Schuylkill Expressway continues east near urban residential neighborhoods and reaches an interchange with PA 611 (Broad Street). A monthly membership helps lock it in.  Prior to the roadways being signed as interstates, I-395 was to be designated along the Schuylkill Expressway from the Vine Street Expressway to the Walt Whitman Bridge, however, I-680 was preferred to be the final designation for this route. Bends in the expressway near merging points restricted the visibility of drivers. Against protest, the historic Schuylkill canal locks and sections of Fairmount Park were sacrificed, and the narrowing of the roadway from six lanes to four as the highway approached Thirtieth Street made a bottleneck inevitable, despite frequent and dangerous turnoffs into Fairmount Park. And for the next week, that stretch reduced to one lane eastbound starting at 7 p.m., and closed completely in both directions overnight. Excavators had to cut into hills and cliffs along the river and fill in natural depressions to create proper elevations for the expressway. Enjoy our work? How mental health pros intervene on a 911 call — what didn’t happen for Walter Wallace Jr. As a result, I-80S became I-76 and I-680 became I-676. The Schuylkill Expressway curves southeast near wooded areas of homes before coming to an interchange with PA 320 in the community of Gulph Mills. By 1962, fatal accidents occurred frequently, and experts identified ten potential deathtraps. The I-76 designation continues west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike from this point, while the Pennsylvania Turnpike from this point east is designated I-276. Schuylkill Expressway. The 7 most Philly things that happened in Philadelphia on Election Day 2020, Riding their horses through Philly on Election Day, urban cowboys of Fletcher Street visit ‘Rumors of War’, Linda Richardson, savior of North Philly’s Uptown Theater, dies at 73, Map: Philly satellite election offices and drop boxes for mail ballots, Why Trump keeps saying ‘the Supreme Court’ is going to win him Pennsylvania, When will Philly and its suburbs report mail ballot results? The Schuykill Expressway passes over Norfolk Southern's Harrisburg Line and runs southeast between the West Laurel Hill Cemetery to the southwest and an industrial area to the northeast that is sandwiched between the railroad tracks and the river. When the expressway opened in 1958, backups arose near the interchange. The Schuylkill Expressway / ˈ s k uː k əl /, locally known as "the Schuylkill", is a two to eight lane freeway through southwestern Montgomery County and the city of Philadelphia, and the easternmost segment of Interstate 76 in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The University City wasn’t on deck for replacement in PennDOT’s original plans. Created in 1916 to free American farmers from the mud, the engineering-oriented BPR in 1938 now advocated a modern urban-oriented highway system that one year later was rendered graphically in General Motors’ “Futurama” exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. US 30 becomes concurrent with I-76 on the Schuylkill Expressway at this point and the road heads south, with the Philadelphia Zoo to the west and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, the Schuylkill River Trail, and the Schuylkill River still parallel to the east. If there is a weapon involved, "people feel comfortable enough to relinquish [it]," a local crisis response expert said. This interchange has an eastbound exit and entrance and a westbound exit. Featuring Meek Mill, Taylor Swift, Boyz II Men and so many others. Rose, Mark H. Interstate: Express Highway Politics, 1939-1989, rev’d edn. Nationwide, more than 3,400 people are killed annually and over 350k injured in crashes during rainfall, per the Federal Highway Administration. Two alternatives were proposed south of University City: one routing would continue along the west bank of the river into Southwest Philadelphia to its confluence near Philadelphia International Airport, where it would tunnel underneath the Delaware to Paulsboro, New Jersey; the other would cross the Schuylkill south of University City and bisect South Philadelphia, crossing the Delaware into Gloucester City, New Jersey. Constructed between 1949 and 1959, much of it before the availability of federal funds derived from the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, the original Schuylkill Expressway largely predated modern highway standards. Long the busiest highway in Pennsylvania, by the twenty-first century the expressway carried 163,000 vehicles daily within Philadelphia County and 109,000 more vehicles daily in adjoining suburban Montgomery County. The Schuylkill Expressway/I-76 is the Philadelphia region’s major east-west expressway, connecting commuters from the western suburbs and South Jersey with Center City Philadelphia, the University City area, the Sports Complex, several area hospitals and all points in between. On September 8, 2011, heavy rains caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee caused a rockslide in the vicinity of the Conshohocken Curve, flooding near Belmont Avenue and a mudslide by Girard Avenue. A westbound collector/distributor road carrying two lanes provides access to the US 202/US 422/Swedesford Road and Mall Boulevard interchanges. They ignored Broad Street traffic and other traffic flowing from Philadelphia’s burgeoning northeast where Bacon planned garden-city communities. , Following this, the freeway passes over the Schuylkill River on the Schuylkill Expressway Bridge and heads into South Philadelphia. (Photo by Steve Anderson.) Elle s'étend de la sortie Valley Forge de la Pennsylvania Turnpike à King of Prussia puis suit un parcours parallèle à la Schuylkill River jusqu'au Walt Whitman Bridge à South Philadelphia. , Plans for a limited-access highway along the west bank of the Schuylkill River originated in 1932, as part of a proposed cars-only parkway system for the Philadelphia area similar to the contemporary system being built in New York City. Love Philly? The garden service center is next door to an adult bookshop, across the street from a crematorium, and down the block from a city prison. Rather than being acclaimed, within years the highway was decried, ignominiously branded the “Surekill Distressway.”. The good news, kind of: since construction is happening now, you won’t have to deal with it later — and traffic is already lower. "There had been people telling me my vote didn’t count," said the 81-year-old club president. 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