Interstate 76

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Interstate 76 travels just 3.08 miles into New Jersey from the Walt Whitman Bridge and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The route follows the North South Freeway between I-676 in south Camden and I-295 at Bellmawr. All miles of the Interstate portion of the North South Freeway opened in conjunction with the Walt Whitman Bridge on May 16, 1957.1

Several numbering proposals took place before the designations of Interstate 76 and 676 were approved in 1964. The Walt Whitman Bridge was numbered as I-395 while the current route of I-676 through Camden was designated as I-380. This sequence was brief, lasting between October and November 1958. This led to the Walt Whitman Bridge renumbered as Interstate 680, with the route through Camden and the Ben Franklin Bridge representing the Interstate 80S mainline. In 1964, when I-80S became I-76 east from Monroeville, Pennsylvania, I-680 became I-676.1

Although its time was brief, Interstate 395 made the 1959 edition of the AAA Northeast map.

Until 1973, Interstates 76 and 676 were routed opposite of what they travel today. A change was made to route through traffic onto the Walt Whitman Bridge, as I-676 through Camden was not completed until 1980 and the Vine Street Expressway in Philadelphia not until 1991.1

Interstate 72 East
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Interstate 76 enters Camden County, New Jersey midway between the towers of the Walt Whitman Bridge. The sign bridge and lane control signals pictured here were removed during bridge reconstruction by 2011. Lowering above Gloucester City, the right lane prepares to part ways for Interstate 76C east to connections to I-676 north into Camden. The control city for Interstate 76 shifts to Atlantic City for the direct connection to New Jersey 42 (North South Freeway) and the Atlantic City Expressway. Photo taken 07/27/07. Second photo taken 08/09/04.
Interstate 76C spurs 1.35 miles east from the Walt Whitman Bridge to U.S. 130 (Crescent Boulevard) north and New Jersey 168 (Black Horse Pike) south to Haddon Township. Photo taken 07/27/07.
Exit 354 departs ahead for unsigned Interstate 76C eastbound. Sign changes made by 2011 added shields for I-295 and U.S. 130 south for I-76 east and one for NJ 168 for I-76C. U.S. 130 angles southwest from Haddon Township to a partial interchange with I-76 at Gloucester City. Photo taken 12/22/11.
I-76 turns south at the wye (Exit 354) with I-76C. A loop ramp from the spur joins I-676 north to the Camden Waterfront. Interstate 676 travels 4.75 miles in New Jersey to Downtown Camden and the tolled Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia. Photo taken 12/22/11.
Exit 354 branches away from the I-76 mainline above Newton Creek. North from I-76C, NJ 168 ends at Ferry Avenue at the Camden city line while U.S. 130 continues to Collingswood, Pennsauken, and Trenton. Photo taken 07/27/07.
Interstate 76 overtakes the ending I-676 south along the North South Freeway into Gloucester City. Button copy signs posted here allude to the former Express / Local lane configuration of I-76 south to Bellmawr. The original traffic pattern, changed by the late 1990s, allocated two lanes for I-76 Express to I-295 south and NJ 42 and one for the local lanes to I-295 north to the NJ Turnpike and U.S. 130 south.1 Photo taken 09/26/09.
Crossing Newton Creek again, Interstate 76 east combines with traffic from I-676 south, 0.75 miles ahead of Exit 1C to U.S. 130 (Crescent Boulevard) south to the boroughs of Brooklawn and Westville. Photo taken 09/26/09.
Exit 1C leaves Interstate 76 (North South Freeway) in one half mile for U.S. 130 south in Gloucester City. U.S. 130 parallels or combines with I-295 southward to Penns Grove. Photo taken 09/26/09.
Interstate 76 (North South Freeway) east at the Exit 1C off-ramp to U.S. 130 (Crescent Boulevard). Exits 1B and 1A follow for Interstate 295 north to the NJ Turnpike at Bellmawr and south to Gloucester County. Photo taken 09/26/09.
Welcome to New Jersey sign posted at the on-ramp from U.S. 130 south and Market Street (CR 634). Photo taken 09/26/09.
The southern end of Interstate 76 ties into Interstate 295 ahead of the North South Freeway transition to New Jersey 42. Exit 1B departs first for Interstate 295 north to Cherry Hill, Maple Shade, Moorestown, Burlington, and Trenton at Little Timber Creek. Photo taken 09/26/09.
Two lanes branch away from the I-76 mainline at a two-wye interchange with I-295 leading east through Bellmawr. Access to the New Jersey Turnpike from Interstate 76 is provided by Interstate 295 and New Jersey 168 (Black Horse Pike). Photo taken 09/26/09.
The southbound mainline for I-295 appears along side I-76 east at the CR 659 (Browning Road) overpass. A barrier median separates the two roadways, with a slip ramp joining the North South Freeway from I-295 in one quarter mile. Photo taken 09/26/09.
Exit 1A departs from the left side of Interstate 76 east for I-295 south to Woodbury, Thorofare, Penns Grove and the Delaware Memorial Bridge to New Castle. Photo taken 09/26/09.
Interstate 76 ends and New Jersey 42 begins at the wye interchange with Interstate 295 south to Gloucester County. New Jersey 42 continues the North-South Freeway onward to the Atlantic City Expressway at Turnersville. Photo taken 09/26/09.
Interstate 76 West
Interstate 76 west takes over for New Jersey 42 at the wye interchange with Interstate 295 north from Westville. The dual roadway configuration ensues with Local lanes doubling as the I-295 northbound mainline and Express lanes continuing onward to Camden and the Walt Whitman Bridge. Photo taken 12/29/08.
Two lanes quickly leave the Local Lanes of I-76 for Interstate 295 north to Barrington, Haddonfield, Cherry Hill and Trenton. The Express lanes continue a short distance further before combing with the Local Lanes at U.S. 130. Photo taken 12/29/08.
Exit 1C departs from the Local Lanes of I-76 west next for Market Street (CR 659) at Bellmawr. Market Street intersects U.S. 130 nearby, providing access to southbound into Brooklawn and Westville. Motorists destined for I-295 south from I-76 west, or NJ 42 south from I-295, missing movements from the prior interchange, are directed back onto I-76 east from the Market Street on-ramp. Photo taken 12/29/08.
Exit 1D follows onto U.S. 130 (Crescent Boulevard) north through Gloucester City. U.S. 130 parallels the I-295 corridor northeast from Camden to Collingswood, Pennsauken and Bordentown. Photo taken 05/27/07.
The dual roadways of Interstate 76 west combine just ahead of Newton Creek. The North South Freeway proceeds another 0.75 miles to the split with Interstate 676 west and the Walt Whitman Bridge. Photo taken 12/29/08.
Interstate 76 west expands to six overall lanes ahead of Exit 2 for I-676 north. Interstate 676 runs 4.75 miles north in New Jersey through Camden onto the Ben Franklin Bridge. The two Interstates cross the Delaware River via suspension bridges into Philadelphia, with tolls levied in the westbound direction. Photo taken 12/29/08.
Interests to Downtown Camden and the Delaware Waterfront, including Battleship New Jersey, Adventure Aquarium and the Susquehanna Bank Center (concert amphitheater), should take I-676 north to Exit 5A. Photo taken 12/29/08.
Three lanes separate for Interstate 676 north to Camden and Downtown Philadelphia and I-76 west to South Philadelphia and the Schuylkill Expressway. Photo taken 12/29/08.
Interstate 76 turns west onto the Walt Whitman Bridge at Gloucester City. The 11,981 foot long suspension bridge opened to traffic on May 16, 1957 after four years of construction.2 Photo taken 05/20/07.
A series of lane control signals allowed Delaware River Port Authority Bridges (DRPA) to adjust the number of lanes per direction depending upon time of day. The span accommodates seven lanes of traffic. Photo taken 05/20/07.
The east tower rises from an industrial area of Gloucester City. The Walt Whitman Bridge travels up to 153 feet above the Delaware River channel. Photo taken 05/20/07.
The DRPA toll plaza resides to the immediate west of the Walt Whitman Bridge touch down at South Philadelphia. Exit 351 loops away from I-76 west just beyond the toll collection point to Front Street and Interstate 95 (Delaware Expressway). Photo taken 05/20/07.

Interstate 76C

Interstate 76C is an unsigned route spurring 1.35 miles east from the Walt Whitman Bridge interchange with Interstate 676 to both U.S. 130 in south Camden and New Jersey 168 at Audubon Park. The freeway provides a high speed route between Black Horse Pike and Philadelphia. This was the only C-suffixed route in the Interstate system until Interstate 69C was designated in South Texas in July 2013.

Interstate 76 Connector east
Interstate 76C departs the Walt Whitman Bridge and sweeps eastward across I-76 to a loop ramp onto I-676 north from I-76C west. Interstate 676 proceeds north to Centerville and the South Waterfront in Camden. Photo taken 09/19/04.
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Interstate 76C parallels Newton Creek from I-76 to a loop ramp onto U.S. 130 (Crescent Boulevard) north. Sign changes made between 2000 and 2004 replace Camden with Collingswood for U.S. 130 north, which doubles as the connection to New Jersey 168 (Mt. Ephraim Avenue) into Camden. Photo taken 06/19/00. Second photo taken 09/19/04.
I-76C concludes at a wye interchange onto New Jersey 168 (Black Horse Pike) south to Audubon and Haddon Township. U.S. 130 (Crescent Boulevard) ventures north from I-76C to Woodlynne, Collingswood and Pennsauken. Photo taken 09/19/04.
Interstate 76 Connector west
Traffic from New Jersey 168 (Black Horse Pike) north and U.S. 130 (Crescent Boulevard) south combine along Interstate 76C west ahead of a directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstates 76 west and 676 north. Photo taken 09/19/04.
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Interstate 76C separates into single lane ramps for Interstate 676 north to Camden and the Ben Franklin Bridge and Interstate 76 west across the Walt Whitman Bridge into South Philadelphia. An on-ramp joins the I-76 westbound ramp from Kearsarge Road in the adjacent Fairview neighborhood. Photo taken 06/19/00. Second photo taken 09/19/04.
Interstate 76 scenes
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Collings Avenue (CR 630) west at the eastbound on-ramp to Interstate 76. Ascending above is the Walt Whitman Bridge.
CR 630 angles southwest from Collingswood to Fairview in Camden and Essex Street (CR 755) in Gloucester City. Photos taken 10/13/01.

Sources:

  1. Interstate 76 (New Jersey), PhillyRoads.com.


Photo Credits:

  • 06/19/00 by AARoads.
  • 10/13/01 by AARoads.
  • 08/09/04 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 09/19/04 by AARoads.
  • 05/20/07 by AARoads.
  • 05/27/07 by AARoads.
  • 07/27/07 by AARoads.
  • 12/29/08 by AARoads.
  • 09/26/09 by AARoads.
  • 12/22/11 by I.C. Ligget.

Connect with:
Interstate 295
Interstate 676
U.S. 130
Route 168 - Black Horse Pike

Page Updated 05-01-2014.