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Mid-County Expressway

Interstate 476 North
Interstate 476 northbound as it departs the tri-level stack interchange with Interstate 95. The two ramps from Interstate 95 feature independent exits for MacDade Boulevard (Exit 1). Pictured here is the northbound ramp from Interstate 95 to Interstate 476 and its Exit 1 off-ramp. Photo taken 08/15/04.
A six-ramp partial cloverleaf interchange facilitates the movements between Interstate 476 and MacDade Boulevard at Exit 1. MacDade Boulevard constitutes an east-west arterial between Chester (pop. 36,854), Woodlyn (pop. 10,010), Folsom (pop. 8,269), Glenolden, and Collingdale (pop. 8,664). Photo taken 08/15/04.
Interstate 476 comprises just four overall lanes between Interstate 95 and junction Pennsylvania 3. The reduced capacity was the result of a compromise between road builders and local area residents who objected a wide freeway from traveling through their communities. A neutered northbound shield posted after Exit 1 is pictured here. Photo taken 08/15/04.
The next interchange for northbound travelers is the Exit 3 diamond interchange with Baltimore Pike. Like MacDade Boulevard, Baltimore Pike constitutes a busy east-west arterial between the communities of Media (pop. 5,533) and Swarthmore (pop. 6,170) among others. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Auxiliary guide sign indicating that Exit 3 serves Baltimore Pike. Baltimore Pike represents the original alignment of U.S. 1 through central Delaware County. The borough of Springfield (pop. 23,677) is served by both Baltimore Pike and the newer U.S. 1. Photo taken 08/15/04.
One-half mile south of the Baltimore Pike interchange of Exit 4 on Interstate 476 north. Baltimore Pike eastward becomes Baltimore Avenue at Springfield. From there the highway travels to Primos, Clifton Heights (pop. 6,779), Lansdowne (pop. 11,007), and East Lansdowne (pop. 2,586) before entering the city of Philadelphia. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Plush Mill Road travels over Interstate 476 ahead of the Exit 3 off-ramp to Baltimore Pike. Westward the pike continues through Media as Baltimore Avenue before joining U.S. 1 (Media Bypass) west of town at the Granite Run Mall. Photo taken 08/15/04.
U.S. 1 (Media Bypass) interchanges with Interstate 476 0.75 miles north of the Exit 3 interchange. The federal highway travels a freeway around Media to just east of the Interstate 476 junction. Exit 5 comprises what some road enthusiasts refer to as a volleyball interchange. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Nearing the Beatty Road overpass on Interstate 476 one half mile south of junction U.S. 1 (Exit 5). U.S. 1 is heavily traveled between the west Philadelphia suburbs of Lima (pop. 3,257) and Springfield. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Exit 5 leaves Interstate 476 for U.S. 1 (Media Bypass). U.S. 1 travels in an east-west fashion between Rising Sun, Maryland and the city of Philadelphia. The highway travels four miles west to Lima and just 1.5 miles east to Springfield. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Original state-named Interstate 476 northbound reassurance shield posted after the Exit 5 volleyball interchange. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Pennsylvania 3 (West Chester Pike) interchanges with Interstate 476 at Exit 9. Depicted here is the one-mile guide sign for the upcoming partial-cloverleaf interchange. West Chester Pike carries Pennsylvania 3 eastward from West Chester (pop. 17,873) to Upper Darby where it becomes Market Street. Photo taken 08/15/04.
In addition to the signed control cities of Broomall and Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 3 (West Chester Pike) also serves Havertown and Hamilton Square. Newtown Square lie three miles to the west along Pennsylvania 3. Havertown encompasses the area northeast of Exit 9 along Eagle Road. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Continuing on Interstate 476 northbound at the 0.50-mile overhead for Pennsylvania 3 (Exit 9). Broomall (pop. 11,175) lies just west of Interstate 476 along West Chester Pike. Eastward Pennsylvania 3 ends at Philadelphia City Hall and Broad Street (Pennsylvania 611) in downtown Philadelphia. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Lawrence Road skims over Interstate 476 ahead of the Exit 9 ramp departure to Pennsylvania 3 (West Chester Pike). Lawrence Road links West Chester Pike with Pennsylvania 320 (Sproul Road) to the southwest. Interstate 476 vastly replaced Pennsylvania 320 as the through route for the western Philadelphia suburbs. Photo taken 08/15/04.
From the Pennsylvania 3 interchange at Broomall northward Interstate 476 is six laned. U.S. 30 (Lancaster Avenue) provides another major east-west arterial between Philadelphia and the Delaware and Chester County suburbs. The federal highway interchanges with the Mid-County Expressway via an unusual partial cloverleaf at Villanova. Photo taken 08/15/04.
One-half mile sign bridge for U.S. 13 (Lancaster Avenue) on Interstate 476 northbound. The federal highway migrates through the suburbs of Malvern, Paoli (pop. 5,433), Berwyn-Devon (pop. 5,067), Wayne, Radnor (pop. 30,878), and St. Davids west of Exit 13. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Exit 13 leaves Interstate 476 northbound for U.S. 30 (Lancaster Avenue). The ramp descends below Interstate 476 to intersect Lancaster Avenue across from King of Prussia Road. East of Villanova, U.S. 30 continues to Haverford, Ardmore (pop. 12,568), and Wynnewood before entering Philadelphia. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Attached to the AMTRAK/Septa Railroad overpass is the two-mile guide sign for junction Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) at Exits 16A/B. The Schuylkill Expressway links Valley Forge with Central Philadelphia along the path of the Schuylkill River. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Auxiliary guide sign for the Exit 16A/B directional interchange with Interstate 76 and Pennsylvania 23. Exit 16A serves Conshohocken (pop. 7,589) and West Conshohocken (pop. 1,446) via a ramp onto Matsonford Road. Interstate 76 westbound travels the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Valley Forge to the capital city of Harrisburg (pop. 49,100). County Line Road passes over the Mid-County Expressway ahead demarking the Delaware and Montgomery County line. Photo taken 08/15/04.
One mile southwest of the Exit 16A/B interchange with Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) at West Conshohocken. Pennsylvania 320 (Gulph Road) travels over Interstate 476 ahead. The state route intersects Interstate 76 at the adjacent interchange west of the Mid-County Expressway. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Interstate 476 maintains six overall lanes above Interstate 76 and Matsonford Road. Pennsylvania 23 is included on the Exit 16A guide sign at the Interstate 76 eastbound off-ramp. Pennsylvania 23 travels south from Norristown (pop. 31,284) along Schuylkill River Road to Front Street in West Conshohocken. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Exit 16A quickly partitions into ramps for Interstate 76 east to Philadelphia and Matsonford Road for Pennsylvania 23 (Front Street) and Conshohocken. Matonsford Road parallels Interstate 76 between Front Street and Pennsylvania 320 (Gulph Road). The surface street features return ramps for Interstate 476. Eastward Matsonford Road becomes Pennsylvania 23 and Fayette Street to cross into Conshohocken itself. Photo taken 08/15/04.
A cloverleaf ramp facilitates the movements between Interstate 476 north and Interstate 76 west at Exit 16B. Interstate 76 joins the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Interstate 276 five miles to the west. Interests for King of Prussia (pop. 18,539) and Pottstown (pop. 15,536) should use Interstate 76 to its junction with U.S. 202 and 422 (Exit 328). The empty brackets to the left once held a button copy pull through panel for Interstate 476 north. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Scenes Pertaining to Interstate 476
The on-ramp to Interstate 476 northbound & Interstate 76 westbound from Matsonford Road westbound in West Conshohocken. Matsonford Road links the two freeways with Pennsylvania 23 (Front Street) and Fayette Street from the borough of Conshohocken. The button copy sign here omits Plymouth Meeting as it predates the 1992 completion of the Mid-County Expressway to junction Interstate 276 (Pennsylvania Turnpike). Photo taken 10/09/01.
Typical entrance ramp sign bridge to the Pennsylvania Turnpike posted at the Northeast Extension on-ramp from Pennsylvania 663 at the Quakertown Interchange. The exit number system is featured prominently to aid motorists in reading the fare schedule of the turnpike tickets. Next interchange for northbound is Lehigh Valley (Interstate 78, U.S. 22, Pennsylvania 309) and for southbound is Pennsylvania 63 (Lansdale Interchange). Photo taken 04/24/04.

Page Updated September 30, 2004.