PA 291 is a 14.6 mile long urban route from U.S. 13 (Post Road) in the borough of Trainer to PA 611 (Broad Street) in South Philadelphia. PA 291 initially curves south from U.S. 13 along Price Street onto 2nd Street. Paralleling the Delaware River through the city of Chester, the state route advances east onto Industrial Highway through Eddystone.

Crossing Darby Creek, PA 291 enters Tincium township at Essington. The route partitions into a one way couplet along Governor Printz Boulevard through Lester before paralleling Interstate 95 along Industrial Highway to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). PA 291 links I-95 north with the passenger terminal.

Due to expansion of Philadelphia International Airport, PA 291 was relocated from Industrial Highway between Bartram and Island Avenues by October 2006. The state route was realigned onto Bartram Avenue from Scott Way to Hook Road and Island Avenue, and Island Avenue east back to its original alignment at Penrose Avenue. A portion of Industrial Highway westward from Penrose Avenue permanently closed.1

PA 291 connects I-95 and Philadelphia International Airport with I-76 via the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge over the Schuylkill River. The Platte Bridge extends PA 291 northeast to Penrose Avenue at S 26th Street. S 26th Street leads north to I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) while PA 291 remains along Penrose Avenue to W Moyamensing at I-76 and S 20th Street. PA 291 shifts onto Oregon Avenue from Moyamensing Avenue to concludes at PA 611 (Broad Street) by Marconi Plaza.

Pennsylvania Route 291 was truncated in 1987 from Broad Street and Downtown Philadelphia to Oregon Avenue. The route is unmarked north of S 26th Street, but signed with trailblazers from I-76 east at Exit 347A for S 26th Street.

Pennsylvania Route 291 East

Highland Avenue extends four blocks south from U.S. 13 (4th Street) to PA 291 (2nd Street) in the city of Chester.
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Corrected by 2017, a U.S. 291 shield was posted along PA 291 (2nd Street) east of Highland Avenue.
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U.S. 322 passes high above PA 291 (2nd Street) in Chester across the Commodore Barry Bridge.
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Flower Street (SR 3005) parallels U.S. 322 north from PA 291 to Edwards Street at U.S. 13 (9th Street). An entrance ramp for the Commodore Barry Bridge to Bridgeport, New Jersey departs from 9th Street.
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PA 291 (2nd Street) proceeds three blocks east from Flower Street to a loop ramp joining U.S. 322 west to Interstate 95.
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U.S. 322 joins the Chester Waterfront with Interstate 95 along a freeway to Feltonville in Chester township.
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PA 291 (Governor Printz Boulevard) east at 4th Avenue in Lester.
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Traffic from Interstate 95 merges onto PA 291 (Industrial Highway) from Exit 10 ahead of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.
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This PA 291 reassurance marker posted after the exit ramp from Interstate 95 north in Tinicum township was removed by 2016.
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PA 291 ascends over a Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) line ahead of the signalized intersection with Bartram Avenue and Scott Way.
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Scotts Way stems south from PA 291 (Industrial Highway) and Bartram Avenue to Cargo City at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
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PA 291 turns north along Bartram Avenue to Island Avenue and Interstate 95. Industrial Highway (SR 6291) continues east to the passenger terminal at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
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Industrial Highway (SR 6291) continues east into Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) along the former alignment of PA 291.
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PA 291 (Bartram Avenue) angles northeast below the SEPTA Regional Rail' Airport Line.
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An entrance ramp for I-95 south back to Chester and Wilmington, Delaware departs PA 291 (Bartram Avenue) east.
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Batram Avenue extends east from PA 291 and Island Avenue to I-95 north along the Girard Point Bridge.
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PA 291 heads south from Bartram Avenue along Island Avenue to Penrose Avenue and the George Platt Memorial Bridge to South Philadelphia.
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PA 291 (Island Avenue) connects with I-95 south again ahead of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
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PA 291 follows Penrose Avenue east from Island Avenue onto the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge across the Schuylkill River.
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PA 291 (Penrose Avenue), along with S 26th Street (SR 3003) provides access to I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) from I-95 and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
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The Platt Bridge is a cantilevered through truss bridge.
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Built in 1949 and rehabilitated in 2012, the Platt Bridge is 8,780 feet in length.2
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A number of oil tanks spread along the Schuylkill River to the north of the Platt Memorial Bridge. Franklin D. Roosevelt Park lies to the east.
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PA 291 lowers onto Penrose Avenue east ahead of the intersection with S 26th Street (SR 3003). 26th Street connects the state route with I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) west to Center City and Valley Forge.
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PA 291 (Penrose Avenue) continues northeast from S 26th Street to an entrance ramp for I-76 east to the Walt Whitman Bridge and South Jersey.
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Pattison Avenue stems east from PA 291 (Penrose Avenue) to the Philadelphia sports complex which includes Citizens Bank Park (home of the Phillies), Lincoln Financial Field (home of the Eagles) and Wells Fargo Center (home of the Flyers and 76ers).
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A lengthy on-ramp separates from PA 291 east for I-76 eastbound at Hartranft Street.
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S 26th Street - North

S 26th Street (SR 3003) heads 1.1 miles north from PA 291 (Penrose Avenue) directly onto Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) westbound.
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S 26th Street passes below a CSX Railroad overpass and Passyunk Avenue (SR 3019) leading into the exchange with Interstate 76.
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The 26th Street entrance ramp for Interstate 76 west passes through a tunnel below the intersection of Passyunk Avenue and Oregon Avenue.
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Pennsylvania Route 291 West

Hartranft Street links PA 291 (Penrose Avenue) west with S 26th Street to I-76 west.
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PA 291 (Penrose Avenue) angles southwest from Pattison Avenue to S 26th Street (SR 3003). S 26th Street heads north directly to I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) west and south into the Philadelphia Naval Business Center.
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PA 291 ascends onto the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge from S 26th Street to Penrose Avenue at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
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S 26th Street - South

S 26th Street stems from Passyunk Avenue east and Exit 347A from I-76 east to PA 291 (Pennrose Avenue) west of Pattison Avenue and the Philadelphia sports complex.
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S 26th Street links the Schuylkill Expressway eastbound with PA 291 across the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
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S 26th Street and PA 291 (Platt Memorial Bridge) west also connect I-76 east with Interstate 95 south to Chester and Wilmington, Delaware.
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Pennsylvania Route 291 West

The George C. Platt Memorial Bridge was built in 1949. The four lane span accommodates four lanes across a 47.9 foot wide deck.2
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The continuous through truss bridge crosses the Schuylkill River with a vertical clearance of 351 feet.2
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An entrance ramp to Interstate 95 south departs from PA 291 at the west end of the Platt Bridge.
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PA 291 continues west below I-95 along Penrose Avenue to Island Avenue across from the Philadelphia Airport Economy Parking lot.
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The on-ramp to I-95 south forms a collector distributor roadway to exits for the passenger terminal at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and PA 291 on Bartram Avenue.
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Island Avenue leads PA 291 north to a second entrance ramp for I-95 south.
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Beyond I-95, PA 291 turns west from Island Avenue onto Bartram Avenue. Bartram Avenue east leads to I-95 on the Girard Point Bridge.
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PA 291 (Bartram Avenue) west connects with I-95 south to Chester again beyond 90th Street.
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Batram Avenue leads PA 291 southwest to Industrial Highway and Scott Way south to Cargo City at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
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PA 291 turns west along Industrial Highway toward the community of Lester.
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PA 291 (Industrial Highway) parallels I-95 through a portion of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.
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PA 291 separates into a one way couplet along Governor Printz Boulevard through Lester.
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PA 291 (Governor Printz Boulevard) west at 4th Avenue (SR 2029) in Lester.
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Governor Printz Boulevard transitions into a four lane arterial west ahead of Jansen Avenue at Essington.
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PA 291 meets the south end of PA 420 (Wanamaker Avenue) in Essington adjacent to a cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 95.
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PA 420 leads north to Prospect Park, Morton and PA 320 (Sproul Road) in Springfield township.
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Spanning Darby Creek, PA 291 (Industrial Highway) next intersects Sellers Avenue north.
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Stewart Avenue (SR 2033) follows from PA 291 north to interstate 95 at Exit 8.
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PA 291 (Industrial Highway) enters the borough of Eddystone across Crum Creek.
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Crossing Ridley Creek, PA 291 south enters the city of Chester along 4th Street.
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Morton Avenue (SR 2028) angles northeast from PA 291 (4th Street) to become a part of U.S. 13 at 9th Street.
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U.S. 13 parallels PA 291 along 9th Street west from Morton Avenue to Highland Avenue in Chester.
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The succeeding intersection joins the south end of PA 320 (Upland Street) with PA 291 (4th Street).
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PA 291 shifts onto 3rd Street just beyond Upland Street (PA 320 south).
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Northbound PA 320 follows Madison Street from PA 291 to Providence Avenue across Interstate 95.
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A loop ramp joins PA 291 (2nd Street) and Tilghman Street with the elevated freeway along U.S. 322 west to Interstate 95.
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U.S. 322 west combines with I-95 briefly before turning northwest to U.S. 1 near Concordville and U.S. 202 at Painters Crossroads.
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PA 291 (2nd Street) passes under the Commodore Barry Bridge (U.S. 322) joining Chester with Bridgeport, New Jersey ahead of this confirming marker.
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Highland Avenue leads north from the Chester Waterfront to U.S. 13 at 4th Street and a parclo interchange with I-95 and U.S. 322.
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The last reassurance marker for PA 291 appears west of Highland Avenue.
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PA 291 curves north onto Price Street from 2nd Street west in the borough of Trainer.
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PA 291 concludes at U.S. 13 (Post Road).
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U.S. 13 travels southwest from Trainer to Marcus Hook and Claymont, Delaware and north along 4th Street to Highland Avenue in Chester.
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Sources:
  1. Philadelphia International Airport - Press Release. http://www.phl.org/news/060918.html September 18, 2006.
  2. PENROSE AVENUE over SCHUYLKILL RIVER & R.R., Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. BridgeReports.com.

    Connect with:
    Interstate 76
    Interstate 95
    U.S. 13
    U.S. 322
    Route 320
    Route 611

    Page Updated 01-28-2021.

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