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Interstate 276 (Pennsylvania Turnpike)

Interstate 276 Pennsylvania Turnpike East
Interstate 276 technically ends at the Bristol interchange (Exit 358) with U.S. 13. The Pennsylvania Turnpike continues eastward toward the state of New Jersey and Bordentown. A mainline toll plaza ends the ticketed system of the Pennsylvania Turnpike as traffic approaches the Delaware River Bridge. Photo taken 03/23/04.
Neon advisory sign for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Extension eastbound at the Delaware River Bridge. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Extension consists of the toll road between the Delaware River and the New Jersey Turnpike Extension mainline. These types of neon signs are found throughout the New Jersey Turnpike system. Photo taken 03/23/04.
Ascending eastbound on the Pennsylvania Turnpike across the Delaware River Bridge into the Garden State. The current arch bridge of the Turnpike carries four overall lanes of traffic. As part of the Interstate 95 relocation project onto the turnpike between Bristol and New Jersey, a twin span to this bridge will be built to double the capacity of the east-west limited access highway. Completion of the new span is planned for 2012 or later. Photos taken 03/23/04.
Interstate 276 Pennsylvania Turnpike West
Midspan on the Delaware River Bridge on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Extension as it enters the Keystone State. The state line lines the midpoint of the Delaware River. Photo taken 03/23/04.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike westbound as it enters the mainline toll plaza that begins the ticket system of the tolled highway network. A button copy overhead proclaims the highway is the Pennsylvania Turnpike ahead of the Bristol area plaza. Photo taken 03/23/04.
Interstate 276 westbound begins beyond the toll plaza at the nearby Bristol interchange (Exit 353) with U.S. 13 (Bristol Pike). Toll rates for the entire Pennsylvania Turnpike system went up in August 1, 2004. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) implemented a 1.8 cents-per-mile car increase and 5.3 cents-per-mile truck increase to cover costs to upgrade the highway.1 Photo taken 03/23/04.
Interstate 276 westbound begins as traffic to U.S. 13 (Bristol Pike) departs via the Exit 358 off-ramp. The exit numbering system of Interstate 276 continues the mainline mileage of the Pennsylvania Turnpike from the Interstate 76 portion between the Ohio State line and Valley Forge. U.S. 13 travels southward from its terminus at Morrisville to Levittown (pop. 53,692), Bristol (pop. 9,902), Croydon (pop. 10,045), Cornwells Heights (pop. 3,316), and the city of Philadelphia (pop. 1,517,550). Photo taken 03/23/04.
Welcome the Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Turnpike sign posted on Interstate 276 westbound at the Oxford Road overpass. The Pennsylvania Turnpike serves the metropolitan area with eight interchanges along Interstate 276. Photo taken 03/23/04.
Mileage sign showing the distances to the Turnpike Exits of Exit 351 (Philadelphia), Exit 20 (Northeastern Extension), and Exit 247 (Harrisburg East). All interchanges along the turnpike system are named based upon the geographic location or road name served. Photo taken 03/23/04.
The Philadelphia Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Exit 351) links Interstate 276 with U.S. 1 (Lincoln Highway) at Bensalem. U.S. 1 enters the city limits of Philadelphia south southwest of the upcoming trumpet interchange via Roosevelt Boulevard. Photo taken 03/23/04.
One-mile guide sign for U.S. 1 (Philadelphia Interchange) on Interstate 276 westbound near the Richlieu Road over crossing. A service area resides along the stretch between here and the Lincoln Highway trumpet interchange. Photo taken 03/23/04.
Westbound Interstate 276 at the departure of Exit 351 for U.S. 1 (Lincoln Highway). Passing overhead is the mainline of the U.S. 1 freeway. The federal highway upgrades from the surface arterial Roosevelt Boulevard at the Philadelphia city line into a four-lane freeway. From Bensalem eastward to Trenton, U.S. 1 is limited access. Photo taken 03/23/04.
Next in line for westbound travelers is the Willow Grove interchange with Pennsylvania 611 (Easton Road). The north-south state highway provides a major arterial between Philadelphia, Willow Grove (pop. 15,932), and Doylestown (pop. 8,226). Passing above is the Byberry Road overpass. Photo taken 03/23/04.
One mile west of Pennsylvania 611 (Easton Road) on Interstate 276 west at the crossing of a local creek and railroad line. Pennsylvania 611 becomes Old York Road and Broad Street on the southward trek toward the city of Brotherly Love. The second control city of the highway is Jenkintown (pop. 4,478), a northern suburb of Philadelphia at junction Pennsylvania 73 (Township Line Road). Photo taken 03/23/04.
Exit 343 leaves Interstate 276 westbound for Pennsylvania 611 (Easton Road). Easton Road derives its names from the Pennsylvania 611 northward drive to Easton of the Allentown-Bethelem metropolitan area. Pennsylvania 611 was originally designated U.S. 611. The downgrade of the intrastate federal highway occurred in 1972.2 Photo taken 03/23/04.
Overhead sign for the Exit 340 slip ramp onto Virginia Drive at the Fort Washington Office Center Park near Pennsylvania 152 (Susquehanna Road). The EZ Pass electronic toll collecting system began use on the Pennsylvania Turnpike during December of 2000. The introduction of the system provided for the opportunity to utilize slip ramps instead of the conventional trumpet interchange ramp configuration on future exits. The first of these new ramps saw construction in 2000 for the eventual opening via Exit 340.1 Photo taken 03/23/04.
Two-mile overhead for Exit 340 onto Virginia Drive. Commercial trucks are restricted from utilizing the Exit 340 off-ramp. Additionally only holders of the EZPass system may use the ramps since the toll booths are automated. Photo taken 03/23/04.
Construction of the Exit 340 off-ramp onto Virginia Drive saw the creation of a third auxiliary lane on Interstate 276 westbound between Pennsylvania 611 and Fort Washington Corporate Park. Pictured here is the one-mile sign bridge for Exit 340 and first sign of the Fort Washington interchange (Pennsylvania 309). Photo taken 03/23/04.
Interstate 276 passes over Pennsylvania 152 (Susquehanna Road) at Dresher ahead of the ramp departure of Exit 340 for Virginia Drive. Ahead is the Fort Washington interchange with Pennsylvania 309 (Fort Washington Expressway). Pennsylvania 309 composes a major north-south expressway and arterial between Philadelphia and the Allentown-Bethlehem area. Photo taken 03/23/04.
Interstate 276 westbound at the Pennsylvania 309 (Exit 339) off-ramp. Pennsylvania 309 travels the limited access Fort Washington Expressway between Philadelphia and the northern suburb of Ambler (pop. 6,426). A cloverleaf interchange joins the Exit 339 off-ramp with Pennsylvania 309 and W. Philadelphia Avenue. Pennsylvania 309 was designated U.S. 309 until 1968.3 Photo taken 03/23/04.
The first in a series of overheads for the Mid-County Interchange of Interstate 276 with its counterpart Interstate 476. Interstate 476 follows the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeastern Extension between Plymouth Meeting and Scranton. Exit numbers along that stretch of turnpike adhere to the Mid-County Expressway (Interstate 476) mileage between Chester and Interstate 276. Photo taken 03/23/04.
The interchange with Interstate 476 is unnumbered however an Exit 20 tab is in place for the Mid-County Expressway off-ramp (Interstate 476 south). Three control cities are used for the north-south freeway. Southward Interstate 476 junctions with Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) for Philadelphia and ends at Interstate 95 at Chester (pop. 36,854). Photo taken 03/23/04.
Interstate 276 westbound expands to three lanes in anticipation of the major junction between Interstate 476. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension carries four overall lanes northward to the Philadelphia suburbs of Lansdale (pop. 16,071), and Quakertown (pop. 8931), before interchanging with Interstate 78, U.S. 22, and Pennsylvania 309 at Allentown (pop. 106,632). Photo taken 03/23/04.
A pair of lanes diverge from Interstate 276 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike mainline for Interstate 476 and the Northeast Extension. Originally designated Pennsylvania 9, the Northeast Extension links the mainline with the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area and Interstates 80 and 81. By late 1992 Interstate 476 was fully opened between Chester and Plymouth Meeting (pop. 5,511) to tie into the Interstate 276 & Pennsylvania 9 interchange. Photo taken 03/23/04.
During the evening peak hours of traffic it is not uncommon to find long traffic back-ups on the ramps to Interstate 476 northbound from Interstate 276. The growth of the Philadelphia northern suburbs have overwhelmed the four-lane pike over the last two decades. As for the Pennsylvania 9 designation, it was decommissioned in favor of an extension of Interstate 476 northward from the Mid-County Expressway in 1996. Photo taken 03/23/04.
Located in close proximity to the Mid-County Expressway interchange is the original Norristown Interchange of Exit 333. The junction with Interstate 476 upgraded a trumpet interchange into the only stack interchange on the Pennsylvania Turnpike system. Photo taken 03/23/04.
A pair of overpasses travel above Interstate 276 carrying both Plymouth Road and Germantown Pike (old U.S. 422) between Interstate 476 and Exit 333. The Norristown Interchange originally was signed for U.S. 422 and Germantown Pike in addition to Interstate 476. Signage changed with the truncation and relocation of U.S. 422 onto the Schuylkill Expressway Extension and completion of Interstate 476. Photo taken 03/23/04.
Germantown Pike carried U.S. 422 into the city of Philadelphia until 1985. With the relocation of the route onto the new Pottstown to Valley Forge freeway, Germantown was left without a number. The highway still represents a busy north-south arterial between Philadelphia, Plymouth Meeting, Norristown (pop. 31,284), and Collegeville (pop. 8,032). Photo taken 03/23/04.
A state-named Interstate 276 mainline shield is posted within the Exit 333 trumpet interchange with Germantown Pike. Photo taken 03/23/04.
The final interchange of Interstate 276 westbound represents the Interstate 76 switch from the Schuylkill Expressway onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The Exit 326 (Valley Forge Interchange) also serves nearby U.S. 202 and 422 for West Chester (pop. 17,873), Pottstown (pop. 21,771), and King of Prussia (pop. 18,539). Photo taken 03/23/04.
A close look at the one-mile guide sign for the Valley Forge Interchange. Interstate 76 travels the Schuylkill Expressway southeast from Valley Forge and King of Prussia to Conshohocken (pop. 7,589) and the city of Philadelphia before crossing the Delaware River via the Walt Whitman Bridge. The first interchange of the Schuylkill Expressway occurs with U.S. 202 adjacent to the King of Prussia Mall. That junction saw major reconstruction in 2001-03 as did the northernmost segment of the U.S. 202 freeway between Interstate 76 and West Chester. Photo taken 03/23/04.
The final stretch of Interstate 276 westbound expands to four lanes ahead of the Exit 326 off-ramp for Interstate 76 east. Original signs posted here included a "TO" in front of Interstate 476 as the connection between the Mid-County Expressway and Interstate 276 was unconstructed. Interstate 476 and Interstate 76 cross paths at West Conshohocken (pop. 1,446). Photo taken 03/23/04.
Interstate 276 draws to a close as Interstate 76 westbound enters the Pennsylvania Turnpike mainline. The toll road continues westward to the capital city of Harrisburg and Steel City of Pittsburgh before crossing into the Buckeye State near Youngstown, Ohio. U.S. 202 intersects the eastern terminus of U.S. 422 (Schuylkill Expressway Extension) just west of Interstate 76 en route to West Chester and Wilmington, Delaware. Photo taken 03/23/04.
Scenes Pertaining to Interstate 276
Interstate 276 trailblazer posted on Chemical Road eastbound after its interchange with Interstate 476 (Exit 19) at Plymouth Meeting. Chemical Road ends ahead at Germantown Pike (former U.S 422) south of its interchange with Interstate 276 (Pennsylvania Turnpike). Photo taken 01/00.

Sources:
1 - Pennsylvania Highways: Pennsylvania Turnpike.
2 - Pennsylvania Highways: US 611
3 - Pennsylvania Highways: US 309

Page Updated September 12, 2004.