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Interstate 676

Interstate 676 North
The first northbound reassurance shield resides under the Interstate 76C eastbound overpass after the split from Interstate 76 westbound. The shield includes the state name and adheres to 1979 MUTCD specifications. Photo taken 06/19/00.
Ramps from Interstate 76C eastbound and Interstate 76 westbound merge and then encounter the first off-ramp of Interstate 676 northbound (Exit 1). A loop ramp departs the freeway here for Collings Avenue, an east-west surface highway between Gloucester, Camden, and Collingswood. Photo taken 09/19/04.
The next northbound off-ramp serves Morgan Boulevard at the Exit 3 partial-cloverleaf interchange. Morgan Boulevard serves the Broadway Terminal along the Delaware River and the community of Woodlynne to the east. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Button copy signs at the Interstate 676 northbound off-ramp to Exit 3 (Morgan Boulevard). The six-lane freeway travels alongside Camden County Park between Collings Avenue and Morgan Boulevard through south Camden. Morgan Boulevard connects Interstate 676 with Camden County 551 (Broadway) to the west and Fairview Street to the east. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Continuing northward on Interstate 676 toward the Camden Central Business District and Exit 4 (Atlantic Avenue). The upcoming partial-cloverleaf interchange is the first of three downtown area exits. Atlantic Avenue passes under the freeway here between Camden County 551 (Broadway) and Camden County 561 (Haddon Avenue). Photo taken 09/19/04.
Traffic to Atlantic Avenue departs Interstate 676 northbound via Exit 4. Atlantic Avenue intersects Camden County 605 (Mt. Ephraim Avenue) three blocks south of Kaighns Avenue. Connector ramps however continue from Exit 4 to South 8th Street for Kaighns Avenue east and Kaighns Avenue westbound itself. The east-west street becomes New Jersey 38 east of the city. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Interstate 676 northbound reassurance shield posted after the Exit 4 on-ramp from Atlantic Avenue eastbound. Interstate 676 curves northeast from alongside 7th Street to 10th Street & Mt. Ephraim Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Chestnut Street. Photo taken 09/19/04.
A second Interstate 676 New Jersey shield lies on northbound after the on-ramp from Chestnut Street. Chestnut Street carries travelers onto the freeway from nearby Mt. Ephraim Avenue five blocks north of Atlantic Avenue. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Northbound Interstate 676 approaching the Exit 5A off-ramp to U.S. 30 at Cooper Hospital. There is no direct access to U.S. 30 (Admiral Wilson Boulevard) eastbound from the northbound freeway. Instead traffic can utilize the Mickle Boulevard westbound off-ramp to South Tenth Street and Flanders Avenue to Admiral Wilson Boulevard. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Exit 5A from Interstate 676 northbound comprises a loop ramp onto Mickle Boulevard westbound. Mickle Boulevard and parallel Federal Street provide the main arterials into downtown Camden and the Camden Waterfront tourist district from Interstate 676. Situated there is the Tweeter Center and New Jersey State Aquarium. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Interstate 676 northbound curves westward over U.S. 30 (Admiral Wilson Boulevard) en route to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge toll plaza and Philadelphia. Departing here is the Exit 5B off-ramp to North Eighth Street and Linden Streets for downtown Camden and the Rutgers University Camden Campus. Photo taken 09/19/04.
The end of the Exit 5B off-ramp at the intersection of North 8th Street and Linden Street. Downtown traffic interests should turn left onto Linden Street one block west to 7th Street south. 7th Street becomes Haddon Avenue across Interstate 676 at the intersection with Cooper Street. Photo taken 09/19/04.
All passenger vehicles are charged a $3.00 toll for traveling the Benjamin Franklin Bridge westbound across the Delaware River. A large toll plaza resides on the New Jersey side of the span just beyond at Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 westbound merge. Although the last overhead indicated "last exit before toll", a local off-ramp departs onto North Fourth and Fifth Streets to the right of the toll barrier. Photo taken 09/19/04.

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Originally known as the Delaware River Bridge, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge opened to traffic at midnight July 1, 1926. Four days later on July 5 President Calvin Coolidge officially dedicated the world's longest suspension bridge. Three years later the span was surpassed as the world's lengthiest by the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, Michigan.1

The beginnings of the bridge date back to the 1800s when a narrow mile-long island on the Delaware River was removed to allow for uninterrupted ferry crossings and an eventual bridge between the cities of Camden and Philadelphia. In 1919, the Delaware River Bridge Joint Commission was created by the respective state legislatures to share the costs of the future crossing. It was thought that the suspension bridge would cost $29 million to construct. However actual figures soared to $37,103,765.42.1

Concessions were made to the area neighborhoods that were in the path of the new span. The St. George's Church on Fourth Street was one of the structures spared demolition. Angry protesters demanded the 1769 constructed church be spared and eventually persuaded the Bridge Commission to move the bridge slightly southward by 14 feet. By September 29, 1921 all land was approved by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Secretary of War for the bridge construction. Work commenced on January 6, 1922.1

The bridges are supported by two concrete piers resting in bedrock on each side of the Delaware River. The uppermost third of the supports are built with granite blocks. On the Philadelphia side of the river the pier extends 80 feet from the bedrock below. The Camden side support however is 113 feet in height due to the deeper nature of the river there. Flexible silicon steel composes the material used for each of the 350' towers of the Ben Franklin Bridge. 3550' long cables stretch across the river to support the bridge deck itself. Six toll houses including ten booths were constructed on the east side of the span. From start to finish including the toll barrier the bridge is 9,620 feet in length.1

On January 17, 1956 the bridge was rededicated the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.1 A lighting system along the bridge highlights not only the bridge deck but the towers, cables, and pier supports. The lights are changeable and sometimes feature a red-white-blue motif based upon time of year. Additionally the suspension bridge carries two bicycle/pedestrian walkways and two PATCO light rail lines. The 128' wide bridge deck carries seven overall lanes with a movable barrier between the directions of travel.

Views of Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 westbound across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The span is now ranked as the 34th longest suspension bridge in the world. Hidden from view are the PATCO transit lines underneath the seven-lane deck. Like other DRPA maintained spans, speeds limits are variable dependant upon traffic volumes and weather conditions. Photos taken 10/13/01.
Interstate 676 South
Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 cross the Benjamin Franklin Bridge from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania into north Camden alongside Pearl Street. The eastbound lanes pass by the westbound toll plaza and quickly encounter the Exit 5D off-ramp into Downtown. Exit 5D comprises a two-pronged off-ramp serving 6th Street south and Broadway one block north of Cooper Street. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 eastbound partition from one another just east of the Exit 5D off-ramp. U.S. 30 continues east along Admiral Wilson Boulevard to junction U.S. 130 (Crescent Boulevard) & New Jersey 38 (Kaighn Avenue) near Collingswood and Merchantville. New Jersey 38 travels east from there through Cherry Hill to junction Interstate 295 and the New Jersey Turnpike at Ramblewood. U.S. 130 follows Crescent Boulevard northeast from junction U.S. 30 to Pennsauken. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Exit 5B loops from Interstate 676 southbound onto Market Street (Camden County 537) westbound for the Camden central business district. Market Street ventures west through downtown to the Camden waterfront. Use Exit 5B for the Tweeter Entertainment Center and Rutgers University. Photo taken 09/19/04.
The last downtown area off-ramp carries Interstate 676 southbound drivers onto Federal Street eastbound ahead of its merge with Market Street at 10th Street. A loop ramp departs Federal Street eastbound for Mickle Boulevard (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) westbound to Campbell Place and the New Jersey State Aquarium nearby. Otherwise Federal Street becomes part of Camden County 537 east of Market Street and crosses the Cooper River en route to the Pavonia section of east Camden. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Interstate 676 southbound reassurance marker posted after the on-ramp from Mickle Boulevard / Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard eastbound. Interstate 676 maintains six-lanes southward to the interchange with Interstate 76 and Interstate 76C. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Next in line for southbound travelers is the Exit 4 partial-cloverleaf interchange serving Atlantic and Kaighns Avenue. Atlantic Avenue travels east from Kaighn Point along the Delaware River to Mt. Ephraim Avenue at West Jersey Hospital-Camden and Haddon Avenue. Photo taken 09/19/04.
The Walt Whitman Bridge comes into view at the Exit 4 ramp departure to Atlantic Avenue. Kaighns Avenue parallels Atlantic Avenue three blocks to the north between the riverfront and the confluence of U.S. 30 (Admiral Wilson Boulevard), U.S. 130 (Crescent Boulevard), and New Jersey 38. New Jersey 38 continues Kaighns Avenue east to Cherry Hill. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Continuing southward on Interstate 676 toward the six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange with Morgan Boulevard (Exit 6). Morgan Boulevard serves south Camden between Camden County 551 (Broadway) and New Jersey 168 (Mt. Ephraim Avenue) via Fairview Street. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Button copy signs remain in use at the Exit 3 ramp departure for Morgan Boulevard. Morgan Boulevard serves Camden County Park at Ninth Street before it ends at Fairview Street. Fairview Street carries motorists eastward to New Jersey 138 and Woodlyne. Interstate 676 meanwhile prepares to interchange with Interstate 76 and the Walt Whitman Bridge at its southern terminus. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Exit 2 departs Interstate 676 southbound ahead of its merge onto Interstate 76 eastbound for the Walt Whitman Bridge westbound into South Philadelphia. The suspension bridge carries a $3.00 toll for all passenger vehicles. All local traffic interests to Collingswood, Gloucester City, and Haddon should stay to the right. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Traffic to Interstate 76 west and the Walt Whitman Bridge loops onto the bridge from the left lane of Interstate 676 southbound. Exits 1C/B depart the freeway beyond the Walt Whitman Bridge off-ramp for Collings Avenue to Collingswood, Gloucester City, and south Camden. Exit 1A comprises the final mainline off-ramp onto Interstate 76C eastbound for U.S. 130 (Crescent Boulevard) northbound and New Jersey 138 (Black Horse Pike) southbound. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Interstate 676 southbound defaults onto Interstate 76 (North South Freeway) eastbound for Interstate 295 and New Jersey 42. Pictured here is the Exit 1C ramp departure for Collings Avenue ahead of the Interstate 76 & 76C confluence. Collings Avenue travels underneath the Walt Whitman Bridge to Essex Street and Camden County 551 (Broadway) in Gloucester City west of Interstate 676. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Exit 1B loops onto Collings Avenue eastbound in south Camden. The surface street ventures northeast to junction New Jersey 168 (Mt. Ephraim Avenue) and U.S. 130 (Crescent Boulevard) at West Collingswood. From there Collings Avenue continues northeast to Camden County 561 (Haddon Avenue) at Collingswood. Photo taken 09/19/04.
The final southbound off-ramp loops onto Interstate 76C eastbound for its connections with U.S. 130 (Crescent Boulevard) north and New Jersey 168 (White Horse Pike) south. The connector provides a direct route between the Walt Whitman Bridge and South Camden, Haddon, and Audubon Park. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Scenes Pertaining to Interstate 676
Linden Street westbound at North 10th Street near the merge of Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 in north Camden. An off-ramp departs U.S. 30 (Admiral Wilson Boulevard) westbound for Linden Street ahead of its merge with the freeway. Linden Street parallels Interstate 676 between 9th Street and the on-ramp to the Ben Franklin Bridge. The mast-arm supported traffic signals pictured here are typical for older urban setups in Camden, Atlantic City, and Newark. Photo taken 09/19/04.
The intersection of Linden Street westbound at North Seventh Street. 7th Street southbound carries Exit 5C traffic of Interstate 676 westbound into downtown Camden to the left. Linden Street otherwise defaults onto Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 westbound at the Benjamin Franklin Bridge toll plaza. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Seventh Street southbound becomes Haddon Avenue as it crosses over Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 between Linden & Cooper Streets. Trailblazers for Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 reside at the Haddon Avenue southbound intersection with Cooper Street. Traffic to Interstate 676 south should remain on Haddon Avenue south two blocks to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard east. Motorists bound for U.S. 30 eastbound however can take Cooper Street eastbound for a direct on-ramp to Admiral Wilson Boulevard. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Cooper Street eastbound leaves the Camden central business district east of Haddon Avenue. The surface boulevard ends underneath the Interstate 676 mainline at a ramp partition to North Tenth Street and U.S. 30 (Admiral Wilson Boulevard) eastbound. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Haddon Avenue veers southeast ahead of its intersection with Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (Mickle Boulevard) at Cooper Hospital. The surface boulevard meets the east-west boulevard at an angle just east of 6th Street. Traffic to Interstate 676 south or U.S. 30 east should turn left onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard east. Photos taken 09/19/04.
A look at the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard eastbound perspective of its intersection with Haddon Avenue. A set of Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 trailblazers guide drivers through the intersection. Haddon Avenue meanwhile continues southeast as Camden County 561 to Parkside in east Camden. Photos taken 09/19/04.
Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard sees a direct ramp onto Interstate 676 southbound from the eastbound direction. A vintage button copy overhead remains in use for the on-ramp. U.S. 30 traffic meanwhile should continue east onto South Tenth Street and Memorial Avenue for its connection to Admiral Wilson Boulevard. Photos taken 09/19/04.

Interstate 676 Links

Sources:
1 - Ben Franklin Bridge, WHYY-TV Philadelphia.

Page Updated February 28, 2005.