Spent a couple weeks in Delaware for the holidays and took the opportunity to redocument several of the Philadelphia area Interstates. The bulk of our current pages were last updated in the mid 2000s, and since then several upgrades, sign replacements, and other changes were made.
The biggest project underway in the Delaware Valley is the PA Turnpike / I-95 Interchange Project. The multi-year project got started in 2010 with bridge replacements along the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276). The new overpasses accommodate widening of the turnpike, which coincides with the addition of two flyover ramps at Interstate 95. These high speed ramps are the first of two proposed for the interchange, which will eventually support full access between both the north-south freeway and east-west turnpike. Associated work added a new modern toll plaza with open road tolling along I-276 to the west near the Bensalem interchange (U.S. 1) and converted the Delaware River Turnpike Toll Bridge plaza into all electronic tolling (AET) westbound while removing the eastbound booths all together.
Separated into multiple stages, the main component of the PA Turnpike / I-95 Interchange Project will be completed sometime this year. It will coincide with the renumbering of I-276 east to the Delaware River Turnpike Toll Bridge as part of the new Interstate 95 mainline. I-95 will extend east over the currently unnumbered Pearl Harbor Memorial Turnpike Extension to the New Jersey Turnpike mainline north from Marshfield Township. The result will be a seamless I-95 between Philadelphia and North Jersey, closing the gap created by the 1982 cancellation of the Somerset Freeway between Princeton and New Brunswick.
Once I-95 shifts to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the former alignment north to the Scudders Falls Bridge and Trenton Beltline will be renumbered as an extended Interstate 295. This plan follows two previous proposals. The initial proposal was to extend I-195 west over former I-95 to Bristol. The second called for renumbering I-95 between Bristol and Lawrenceville, New Jersey (U.S. 1) as new Interstate 395.
We updated our page for Interstate 276 on Interstate-Guide to cover the PA Turnpike / I-95 Interchange Project more in depth, while also updating photos of both end points. Some additional photos taken from I-276 east through the project area taken on December 19, 2016: