Interstate 276 / Pennsylvania Turnpike

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Numbered as a bypass of Philadelphia for I-76, Interstate 276 follows the Pennsylvania Turrnpike mainline 30.0 miles east from the Valley Forge Interchange (Exit 326) to I-95 at Levittown. The toll road serves both through traffic and commuters, with 2017 traffic counts recorded by PennDOT topping out at 122,000 vehicles per day between the Norristown and Mid County Interchanges.

Interstate 276 Highway Guides

The speed limit along all of the Pennsylvania Turnpike mainline was increased from 65 to 70 miles per hour on May 3, 2016.1 Completion of the ramps joining Interstate 95 with the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bucks County coincided with the renumbering of I-276 east to the Delaware River Turnpike Toll Bridge as the realignment of I-95. The flyovers joining I-95 with the PA Turnpike opened to traffic on September 23, 2018. 2.6 miles of I-276 were subsequently truncated.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) converted the entire east-west mainline to all electronic tolling (AET) in Fall 2021.2 Remaining toll booths along the Turnpike will be removed starting in late 2024 with completion in 2025.

Interstate 276 scenes
Interstate 276 trailblazer posted on Chemical Road eastbound after I-476 (Exit 19) at Plymouth Meeting. Chemical Road ties into Germantown Pike (former U.S 422) south of the exchange with I-276 (Pennsylvania Turnpike). December 1999
A Breezewood connection links I-476 (Mid County Expressway) north with I-276 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) west in lieu of a direct ramp at Plymouth Township. 12/19/17
Germantown Pike (SR 3053) provides connectivity from I-476 (Mid County Expressway) north to I-276 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) west via a pair of loop ramps at Plymouth Meeting. 12/19/17
Ramps from Germantown Pike (old U.S. 422) combine leading into the Norristown Interchange toll plaza. 12/21/16
A trumpet interchange follows the toll plaza west of Germantown Pike for Interstate 276 to Valley Forge, Willow Grove and Bensalem. 12/19/17, 12/21/16

  1. "Speed Limits on the Pennsylvania Turnpike." Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission web site.
  2. "PA Turnpike Plans Statewide Conversion to ‘Cashless’ Tolling in Late 2021." Pennsylvania Turnpike, news release. November 4, 2019.

Photo Credits:

December 1999, 12/21/16, 12/19/17 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 76
Interstate 95
Interstate 476
U.S. 1
Route 309
Route 611

Page Updated 12-13-2022.

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