Interstate 76 / Schuylkill Expressway - East

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Interstate 76 East
Traffic from I-276 west combines with I-76 east ahead of the Valley Forge Interchange Toll Plaza and Exit 327 for Gulph Road. Photo taken 12/21/16.
N Gulph Road parallels U.S. 422 northward to the Valley Forge Casino Resort and Valley Forge National Park. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Entering the Valley Forge Interchange Toll Plaza, Interstate 76 transitions from the Pennsylvania Turnpike onto the Schuylkill Expressway. Photo taken 12/21/16.
A folded diamond interchange (Exit 327) links Interstate 76 with N Gulph Road at Village Drive for King of Prussia Town Center and King of Prussia Mall. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Continuing east across N Gulph Road, I-76 meets the U.S. 202 freeway at a cloverleaf interchange (Exit 328). This exchange was upgraded during a 2001-04 project with expanded and improved ramp geometry. U.S. 202 was also widened westward to Devon. Photo taken 12/21/16.
The first confirming marker for I-76 east along the Schuylkill Expressway. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Two lanes depart at Exit 328A for the U.S. 202 freeway leading southwest to West Chester and a distributor roadway to adjacent Swedesford Road (old U.S. 202) at King of Prussia Town Center and U.S. 422 (Schuylkill Expressway Extension) northwest to Pottstown and Reading. Photo taken 12/21/16.
The Schuylkill Expressway mainline passes below U.S. 202 with four lanes. The loop ramp (Exit 328B) for U.S. 202 (DeKalb Pike) north to King of Prussia Mall and borough of Norristown follows. Photo taken 12/21/16.
U.S. 202 transitions to Dekalb Pike, a four to six lane commercial arterial, east of I-76 at Gulph Road. Dekalb Pike leads U.S. 202 northward to Bridgeport and across the Schuylkill River into the Montgomery County seat of Norristown. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Chester Valley Trail spans Interstate 76 adjacent to a Norfolk Southern Railroad line just south of U.S. 202. Photo taken 12/21/16.
The truss bridge for the Norfolk Southern Railroad across the Schuykill Expressway was erected in October 2002 as part of the overall King of Prussia improvement project for I-76/U.S. 202.1 Photo taken 12/21/16.
Leaving King of Prussia, Interstate 76 advances southeast to Gulph Mills where it meets PA 320 (S Gulph Road / Trinity Lane). Photo taken 12/21/16.
Weadley Road spans the Schuylkill Expressway one mile ahead of Exit 330 for PA 320 and Gulph Mills. Photo taken 12/21/16.
PA 320 follows Gulph Road south from I-76 to Conshohocken Station and Trinity Lane north to Swedeland Road and PA 23. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Prior to the completion of the Mid-County Expressway (Interstate 476), PA 320 provided one of the main routes southward from King of Prussia and Conshohocken through Delaware County. The state route parallels I-476 south to Chester. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Exit 330 parts ways with I-76 east at the Gypsy Lane overpass. The off-ramp ties into the intersection where PA 320 turns from S Gulph Road onto Trinity Lane. Photo taken 12/21/16.
The succeeding exit connects I-76 east with Interstate 476 south via a sharply curved ramp. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Known in the Philadelphia area as the "Blue Route", I-476 provides a direct connection between the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension and Interstate 95 at Chester. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Interstate 476 (Mid-County Expressway) took over 30 years to construct due to compromises made for environmental and community opposition. Heavily traveled by commuters, the four to six lane freeway follows a winding course through the Philadelphia suburbs of Radnor, Broomall and Springfield among others. Photo taken 12/21/16.
The directional cloverleaf (Exit 331) joining the Schuylkill Expressway with I-476 includes ramps with Matsonford Road for nearby PA 23 and the borough of Conshohocken. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Interstate 476 heads south from Exit 331A to U.S. 30 at Villanova, PA 3 at Newtown Square and I-95 at Chester, 16 miles away. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Exit 331B leaves Interstate 76 eastbound for I-476 north and Matsonford Road to PA 23 (Front Street / Crawford Avenue). The Mid-County Expressway opened north from West Conshohocken and Chemical Road near Plymouth Meeting in 1976. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Exit 331B partitions into ramps for Matsonford Road and Interstate 476 north. PA 23 parallels the Schuylkill River northward to Bridgeport. South of the Fayette Street bridge into Conshohocken, PA 23 heads to Gladwyne. Photo taken 03/23/04.
The ramp for Matsonford Road also serves traffic from I-476 northbound. The Blue Route north to I-276 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension (former PA 9) was completed in 1992. Photo taken 03/23/04.
Spring Garden Street passes over the Schuylkill Expressway east of the wye interchange (Exit 332 from I-76 west) with Matsonford Road / Fayette Street. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Removed by 2007, a state named shield appeared eastbound beyond the viaduct crossing PA 23 (Conshohocken State Road). Photo taken 08/04/04.
Interstate 76 runs above the west banks of the Schuylkill River southward into Philadelphia. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Matching the course of the Schuylkill River, the four lane freeway navigates along an S-curve known locally as the "Conshochoken Curve". Photo taken 12/21/16.
Traffic congestion is routine along the Schuylkill Expressway through the "Conshochoken Curve". Photo taken 12/21/16.
A six mile exit less stretch leads Interstate 76 southeast from West Conshohocken to Bala Cynwyd. Photo taken 12/21/16.
The forthcoming diamond interchange at Exit 338 serves residential areas of Bala-Cynwyd in southeast Montgomery County and Manayunk in Philadelphia. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Belmont Avenue becomes Green Lane as it crosses the Schuylkill River into northwest Philadelphia. Extending northeast to Ridge Avenue (former U.S. 422 Alternate), Green Lane serves the Manayunk and Roxborough sections of the city. Photo taken 12/21/16.
A half diamond interchange (Exit 337) with Hollow Road precedes this reassurance marker eastbound. Photo taken 12/21/16.
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One mile northwest of Belmont Avenue on I-76 eastbound. Belmont Avenue ascends from the Schuylkill River and Expressway to Rock Hill Road and U.S. 1 (City Avenue) through the community of Bala-Cynwyd. Photos taken 12/21/16.
Exit 338 departs Interstate 76 eastbound for Belmont Avenue south and Green Lane north. Belmont Avenue continues south from U.S. 1 (City Avenue) to Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Photo taken 12/21/16.
The Schuylkill Expressway passes under a concrete arch bridge carrying the Manayunk Bridge Trail just east of Belmont Avenue. Photo taken 12/21/16.
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Built in the early 20th century, the Manayunk Bridge Trail viaduct previously carried the SEPTA Regional Rail system R6-Manayunk line until 1990.1 Photos taken 12/21/16.
The succeeding interchange (Exits 340A/339) connects I-76 east with U.S. 1 (City Avenue) south and Lincoln Drive north. City Avenue (U.S. 1) runs along the Montgomery County and Philadelphia city line southwest from the Schuylkill River to Cobbs Creek Park. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Lincoln Drive extends northward from City Avenue and the Schuylkill River to the Wissahicken, Germantown and Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods in the city. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Exit 339 departs in one half mile from the outside lane for U.S. 1 (City Avenue) southbound to Bala Cynwyd, Merion Station, and the Overbrook neighborhood in West Philadelphia. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Interstate 76 eastbound expands to four overall lanes ahead of City Line. U.S. 1 runs along side I-76 for four tenths of a mile from City Avenue to the Roosevelt Expressway (Exit 340B). Ramps link City Avenue and Lincoln Drive with Kelly Drive and Ridge Avenue across the Schuylkill River. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Left Exit 340A separates from I-76 east. Kelly Drive stems southward from Lincoln Drive along the Schuylkill River through Fairmount Park to the confluence of Spring Garden Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Heading southwest from Exit 339 and Philadelphia, U.S. 1 constitutes a heavily developed arterial route through suburban areas including Penn Wynne, Drexel Hill and Springfield to I-476 near Media. Photo taken 12/21/16.
A slip ramp (Exit 340B) links Interstate 76 east with the adjacent roadway for U.S. 1 north to the Roosevelt Expressway in a half mile. Photo taken 12/21/16.
A left side entrance ramp adds traffic from Lincoln Drive as Exit 340B separates for U.S. 1 north. The Roosevelt Expressway leads U.S. 1 northeast from the Schuylkill Expressway to U.S. 13 (Roosevelt Boulevard) between the Hunting Park and Wyoming neighborhoods. Photo taken 12/21/16.
A three wye interchange (Exit 340A) connects the Schuylkill and Roosevelt Expressways. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Exit 340B joins U.S. 1 northbound just ahead of the eastbound on-ramp for Interstate 76. U.S. 1 along Roosevelt Boulevard represents a major arterial route from North Philadelphia to Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County. Photo taken 08/04/04.
The Schuylkill Expressway expands to six overall lanes south from U.S. 1 (Exit 340B) to Interstate 676 (Vine Street Expressway). The ensuing exit is for Montgomery Drive. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Curving southwest through Fairmount Park, the Schuylkill Expressway advances one mile from the Greenland Drive overpass to Exit 341 with Montgomery Drive. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Exit 341 is the first of three ramps for Fairmount Park from I-76 eastbound. Montgomery Drive winds west through the park to Belmont Avenue and The Mann Center, a performing arts venue. Photo taken 12/21/16.
A lane drop occurs at Exit 341. Montgomery Drive links I-76 with parallel Martin Luther King, Jr. (West River) Drive. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 341) with Montgomery Drive. Since the exchange falls within Fairmount Park, commercial trucks and buses are prohibited from using Exit 341. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Curving southeast through Fairmount Park on the approach to Exit 342 for Girard Avenue (U.S. 1/30). An interchange sequence sign references Interstate 676 (Vine Street Expressway) for Central Philadelphia. U.S. 30 joins I-76 for 1.3 miles between Exit 342 and the Vine Street Expressway. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Girard Avenue carries U.S. 13 across the Schuylkill River into East Fairmount Park from N 34th Street and U.S. 30. Park attractions along the east banks of the river include Lemon Hill and Boathouse Row. Photo taken 12/21/16.
U.S. 13/30 intersect at Girard Avenue and N 34th Street adjacent to the Schuylkill Expressway and the Philadelphia Zoo. U.S. 30 follows Girard Avenue west to Lancaster Avenue and U.S. 1. U.S. 13 overtakes Girard Avenue across the Schuylkill River to N 33rd Street. Photo taken 12/21/16.
The westbound on-ramp to I-76 and a Consolidated Rail Corp line spans the Schuylkill Expressway at the gore point for Exit 342. The off-ramp ties into U.S. 30 (Girard Avenue) one quarter mile west of U.S. 13 (N 34th Street). Photo taken 12/21/16.
Interstate 76 U.S. 30 East
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Eastbound U.S. 30 combines with I-76 east ahead of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Connecting Railway Bridge, a stone arch viaduct carrying the AMTRAK Northeast Corridor and SEPTA Regional Rail. Photos taken 12/21/16.
Eastbound confirming marker and milepost 343, posted ahead of the flyover joining I-76/U.S. 30 west with U.S. 13 (N 34th Street). Photo taken 12/21/16.
The Schuylkill Expressway remains along side the river southward between University City and Center City. The succeeding off-ramps to 30th Street and South Street serve Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania respectively. Photo taken 12/21/16.
The Vine Street Expressway (I-676/U.S. 30) runs along the north side of Center City. Located just south of I-676, Independence Hall was the place where both the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the U. S. Constitution was drafted. Opened in July 1993, the Convention Center is home to various events, meetings and conferences. Photo taken 12/21/16.
The Philadelphia skyline comes into view 0.4 miles ahead of the half diamond interchange (Exit 343) with Spring Garden Street. Photo taken 12/21/16.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art rises above the east banks of the Schuylkill River from Spring Garden Street just east of Exit 343. Exit 345 departs in 0.4 miles for 30th Street Station via Arch Street (PA 3). Photo taken 12/21/16.
Spring Garden Street leads west from Exit 343 into Powelton Village and east through the Fairmount, Spring Garden and Callowhill communities to the Delaware River. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Advancing toward Downtown Philadelphia through the exchange with Spring Garden Street. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Exit 345 for 30th Street Station and Market Street (PA 3) and Left Exit 344 for I-676/U.S. 30 (Vine Street Expressway) depart in quick succession from I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) eastbound. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Traffic partitions with two lanes for I-76 east to South Philadelphia and two for I-676/U.S. 30 (Vine Street Expressway) to Center City. Opened initially in 1959 and completed in 1991, I-676 is a trenched freeway paralleling Vine Street east to ramps for both N 6th Street for the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and I-95 (Delaware Expressway). Photo taken 12/21/16.
The Schuylkill Expressway reduces to two eastbound lanes at the trumpet interchange (Exit 344) with I-676/U.S. 30 east. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Interstate 76 East
The loop ramp joining I-676/U.S. 30 (Vine Street Expressway) west with I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) east forms a c/d roadway ahead of Exit 345. Photo taken 04/25/04.
The c/d roadway splits with Exit 345 to 30th Street Station with AMTRAK / SEPTA Regional Rail service. The ramp connects with westbound PA 3 along Arch Street to 30th Street south. 30th Street takes PA 3 south to John F. Kennedy Boulevard west and Market Street (PA 3 east). Photo taken 12/21/16.
The Schuylkill Expressway passes under the superstructure of 30th Street Station along the ensuing stretch. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Passing below 30th Street Station, I-76 advances 0.75 miles to Left Exit 346A for South Street to Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania and Southwest Center City. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Interstate 76 passes below Market Street (PA 3), a half mile north of the single point interchange (Exit 346A) with South Street. Photo taken 12/21/16.
An entrance ramp lowers from the elevated roadways of Schuylkill Avenue and Walnut Street onto I-76 eastbound beside Penn Park. Photo taken 06/03/12.
South Street was previously considered as a corridor for the southern leg of an urban freeway loop encircling Center City. Due to enormous costs for potential construction and the impacts on the community, the freeway was ultimately cancelled. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Left Exit 346A ascends from eastbound I-76 to South Street. South Street extends east to Society Hill, where it transitions to an urban street mall. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Interstate 76 continues four tenths of a mile from South Street to Exit 346B for Grays Ferry Avenue and University Avenue. Photo taken 12/21/16.
University Avenue winds northward from the University Avenue Bridge to U.S. 13 at Baltimore Avenue and S 38th Street in University City. The 35 acre University of the Sciences campus lies southwest via Woodland Avenue. Photo taken 12/21/16.
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Interstate 76 rises to cross the Schuylkill River beyond the Schuylkill Arsenal Railroad Bridge and wye interchange (Exit 346B) with University Avenue. Photos taken 12/21/16.
Exit 346B connects with the University Avenue Bridge to S 34th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Removed confirming shield for I-76 east on the four lane Schuylkill Expressway Bridge. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Built in 1956, the Schuylkill Expressway Bridge measures 1,645 feet in length with a 55.8 foot wide roadway deck. The span rises 16.4 feet above the Schuylkill River.2 Photo taken 12/21/16.
Turning southeast around the Grays Ferry neighborhood, Interstate 76 gains frontage streets (Warfield Street / Vare Avenue) to Exit 346C / 28th Street. Photo taken 12/21/16.
The Schuylkill Expressway expands to six overall lanes with the addition of two auxiliary lanes. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Exit 346C constitutes a slip ramp onto adjacent Vare Avenue leading to S 28th Street. 28th Street intersects Passyunk Avenue east of the Philadelphia Gas Works complex. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Progressing southeast toward the Walt Whitman Bridge, Interstate 76 next meets S 26th Street, Passyunk Avenue and Oregon Avenue. The freeway mainline reduces to a single through lane to the right. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Left Exit 347A to S 26th Street (PA 291) and Left Exit 347B for Passyunk Avenue and Oregon Avenue depart from I-76 eastbound simultaneously. Passyunk Avenue leads to Southwest Philadelphia and the West Passyunk neighborhood. Oregon Avenue parallels I-76 east through South Philadelphia West. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Exit 347A tunnels below the intersection of Oregon and Passyunk Avenues onto PA 291 (S 26th Street) south to Penrose Avenue. PA 291 angles southwest across the Schuylkill River on the George Platte Bridge to I-95 south at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Photo taken 06/03/12.
Eastbound Interstate 76 expands to two lanes above Passyunk Avenue and S 28th Street. Photo taken 12/21/16.
The Schuylkill Expressway turns east one mile ahead from Exit 349 to PA 611 (Broad Street). PA 611 follows Broad Street south to I-95 at the Girard Point Bridge and north to Old York Road in the Fern Rock section of the city. Broad Street south of Market Street and City Hall was once a part of PA 291. Photo taken 12/21/16.
SEPTA Regional Rail, Penn Central and Baltimore and Ohio Railroad lines span Interstate 76. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Interstate 76 elevates along a viaduct above the intersection of S 20th Street and Penrose Avenue. Forthcoming Broad Street runs west of Citizens Bank Park (home of the Phillies), Lincoln Financial Field (home of the Eagles) and Wells Fargo Center (home of the 76ers and Fliers). Photo taken 12/21/16.
Posted within the wye interchange (Exit 348) for Penrose Avenue, supplemental overheads reference the DRPA Bridge Administration Building, the Philadelphia Ports, and Permit Vehicles for commercial traffic using the Walt Whitman Bridge. Photo taken 12/21/16.
The parclo interchange (Exit 349) linking the Schuylkill Expressway with Broad Street (PA 611) utilizes sharply curved ramps within a tight area bound by Curtin and Pollock Streets. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Exit 349 departs I-76 east for PA 611. Northward Broad Street passes through Marconi Plaza en route to City Hall at Market Street (PA 3). PA 611 was a part of U.S. 611 north of Market Street until 1976. Photo taken 12/21/16.
The Walt Whitman Bridge to Camden, New Jersey comes into view beyond Broad Street. Operated by the Delaware River and Ports Authority (DRPA), variable Speed Limits are used both on the bridge approaches and across the span. Photo taken 12/21/16.
There is no direct access from I-76 east to Interstate 95 (Delaware Expressway). Instead Packer Avenue provides part of a Breezewood connection to I-95 at Front Street. Photo taken 12/21/16.
Right in right out ramps (Exit 350) link I-76 eastbound with parallel Packer Avenue ahead of the Whitman Bridge Toll Plaza. Photo taken 12/21/16.
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Exit 350 separates from Interstate 76 to Darien Street at Packer Avenue. Darien Street stems south to Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field. Packer Avenue east to Front Street north connects with ramps to both directions of I-95. Photo taken 08/04/04. Second photo taken 12/21/16.
The Walt Whitman Bridge accommodates seven overall lanes. A zipper barrier separates traffic, allowing the DRPA to adjust the number of lanes for each direction of I-76. Photo taken 07/27/07.
Ramps for I-76C to Interstate 676 north, U.S. 130 and NJ 168 at the east end of the Walt Whitman Bridge continue the I-76 numbering system from Pennsylvania. Photo taken 12/22/11.
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Opened on May 16, 1957, the Walt Whitman Bridge measures 11,981 feet from abutment to abutment.3 Photo taken 12/22/11. Second photo taken 07/27/07.
Interstate 676 returns to I-76 from the Ben Franklin Bridge (U.S. 30) and Camden at Exit 354, where unsigned I-76C branches east to U.S. 130 (Crescent Boulevard) north and NJ 168 (Black Horse Pike) south. Photo taken 07/27/07.
Interstate 76 crosses the New Jersey state line midway across the Delaware River. Photo taken 07/27/07.

Sources:
  1. Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) @ PhillyRoads.com
  2. SCHUYLKILL EXPWAY. over SCHUYLKILL RIVER;CSX RR, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. BridgeReports.com
  3. Walt Whitman Bridge. Delaware River Port Authority Bridges (DRPA) web site.


Photo Credits:

  • 03/23/04 by AARoads.
  • 04/25/04 by AARoads.
  • 08/04/04 by AARoads.
  • 07/27/07 by AARoads.
  • 12/22/11 by I.C. Ligget.
  • 06/03/12 by AARoads.
  • 12/21/16 by AARoads.

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