Interstate 95 Southbound Philadelphia County


Interstate 95 south
The Academy Road trumpet interchange serves Northeast Philadelphia Airport and Holy Family University in the city of Philadelphia (pop. 1,517,550). Pictured here is a button copy auxiliary guide sign for Exit 32 and Academy Road. Photo taken 04/25/04.
New guide signs for Exit 32 include Linden Avenue in addition to Academy Road. A loop ramp departs Academy Road northbound onto Torresdale Avenue to reach parallel Linden Avenue. Both Academy Road and Linden Avenue travel northwest through Torresdale to U.S. 13 (Frankford Avenue) and Holmes Avenue. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Older state-named shield for Interstate 95 southbound posted south of the Academy Road interchange. Construction is underway along Interstate 95 to rebuild 1.2 miles between Pennypack Creek and Academy Road. Included in the $80-million project is the repair of six bridges and resigning on the same stretch.1 Photo taken 04/25/04.
Interstate 95 is designated the Delaware Expressway from Exit 40 at Bristol to the Girard Point Bridge over the Schuylkill River. Pictured here is an overhead for the upcoming Exit 30 interchange with Pennsylvania 73 (Cottman Avenue) for the Tacony Palmyra Bridge. Pennsylvania 73 utilizes the Delaware River span to cross into Palmyra, New Jersey. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Overhead for Pennsylvania 30 (Cottman Avenue) and Rhawn Street posted on Interstate 95 southbound at the Ashburner Street over crossing. Pennsylvania 73 follows Cottman Avenue south from U.S. 1 (Roosevelt Boulevard) and the Roosevelt Mall to State Road adjacent to Interstate 95. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Original button copy overhead posted for the Bridge Street interchange (Exit 27) on Interstate 95 southbound near the Tacony Palmyra Bridge (Pennsylvania 73). Bridge Street travels north-south between the Wissinoming and Bridesburg neighborhoods of the city. Photo taken 04/25/04.
New sign bridge posted as part of the Revive Interstate 95 project on the Delaware Expressway southbound one mile north of Exit 27 for Bridge Street. New signs for Exit 27 include Harbeson Avenue in addition to Bridge Street for the nearby surface arterial. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Exit 27 leaves Interstate 95 southbound just past the Fraley Street under pass. The off-ramp merges onto James Street ahead of its intersection with Bridge Street. James Street continues westward another two blocks to Aramingo Avenue. Aramingo Avenue becomes Harbeson Avenue north from there. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Interstate 95 travels over Bridge and Tacony Streets on the approach to the Exit 26 stack interchange with New Jersey 90 and the Betsy Ross Bridge. Constructed between 1969 and 1976, the Betsy Ross Bridge carries eight overall lanes between Philadelphia and Maple Shade, New Jersey. The span was supposed to be a part of a longer New Jersey 90 & Pennsylvania 90 freeway between U.S. 1 and the New Jersey Turnpike. Photo taken 04/25/04.
The ramps to New Jersey 90 (Betsy Ross Bridge) east and Aramingo Avenue depart Interstate 95 southbound just past the Orthodox Street under crossing. Ghost flyover ramps were in place for the never built Pennsylvania 90 Pulaski Freeway until 2001. At that time the ramps were recommissioned to serve as access ramps to the nearby Aramingo Avenue. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Interstate 95 southbound at the ramp split of Exit 26 for New Jersey 90 (Betsy Ross Bridge) east and Aramingo Avenue. Photo taken 04/25/04.
The Exit 26 ramp prepares to partition between New Jersey 90 east and Aramingo Avenue. New Jersey 90 exists as a freeway from the Betsy Ross Bridge east to junction New Jersey 73 north of Maple Shade. Interchanges exist with U.S. 130 (Crescent Boulevard), Camden County 644 (Haddonfield Road), and New Jersey 73. Photo taken 04/25/04.
A wide view of the Betsy Ross Bridge stack interchange with Interstate 95. The newer flyovers are painted a cream color and can be seen linking Aramingo Avenue with Interstate 95 north and Interstate 95 north with Aramingo Avenue. There is no access however from Aramingo Avenue to New Jersey 90 as the stub roadways for what was to be apart of the Pulaski Freeway remain unused. Photo taken 04/25/04.
A collector/distributor roadway flows southward in conjunction with the Exit 26 ramps to the Betsy Ross Bridge and Aramingo Avenue. There are however no on-ramps to tie into the c/d roadway within this vicinity. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Parting shot of the Exit 26 ramp split on Interstate 95 southbound and 2001 opened flyovers to Aramingo Avenue. Until the expansion of the interchange, flyovers used to dangle and end in mid air for Pennsylvania 90 east to Interstate 95 south and Interstate 95 to Pennsylvania 90 west. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Views of the Interstate 95 and Betsy Ross Bridge stack interchange. The pier support situated within the median of the Delaware Expressway sat unused for years until the Aramingo Avenue ramps were constructed. Also visible to the left is the freeway stub for what would have carries the Pulaski Expressway over Interstate 95 from the east. Photos taken 04/25/04 and 05/20/00.
Eight lanes of Interstate 95 exist between New Jersey 90 (Exit 26) and Exit 26 with Allegheny and Castor Avenues. A new upcoming exits sign bridge was installed as part of the Revive Interstate 95 project for Exits 25 and 23. Photo taken 04/25/04.
The Delaware Expressway southbound one half mile north of the Exit 25 ramp departure onto E. Allegheny Avenue. Results of the aforementioned construction see a modernized freeway viaduct and guide signs on this stretch of Interstate 95. Exit 25 is a three-quarter diamond interchange. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Philadelphia's downtown skyline finally comes into view as Exit 25 traffic to Allegheny and Castor Avenues leave the Delaware Expressway southbound. Castor Avenue parallels Allegheny Avenue one half mile to the north. To reach the street traffic is directed onto Richmond Street parallel to Interstate 95. Both surface streets serve the Richmond neighborhood of the city. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Continuing southbound on Interstate 95 near the Exit 23 off-ramp onto E. Girard Avenue. Like Castor Avenue in relation to Exit 25, Lehigh Avenue exists well east of the ramp of Exit 23. Traffic bound for Lehigh Avenue must loop 1.5 miles around Aramingo, Girard, and Delaware Avenues to turn northeastward toward Lehigh Avenue. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Southbound Interstate 95 at the Exit 23 ramp departure onto Girard Avenue westbound. Girard Avenue begins from Aramingo Avenue in the Fishtown section of the city and heads west to Northern Liberties and Fairmount Park where it becomes part of the U.S. 13 and 30 corridor at the Schuylkill River. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Three southbound lanes pass above Girard and Aramingo Avenues en route to Exit 22 (Interstate 676 & U.S. 30). Exit 22 consists of a tri-level stack interchange with the east end of the Vine Street Expressway. The Vine Street Expressway carries Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 west of the Ben Franklin Bridge to Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway). The depressed freeway serves the Philadelphia Convention Center among other attractions in the central business district of Philadelphia. Photo taken 04/25/04.
The addition of the Girard Street on-ramp expands the southbound viaduct of the Delaware Expressway to four overall lanes. A 0.75-mile Diagrammatic overhead guides motorists to the upcoming Exit 22 junction with the Vine Street Expressway westbound. Two overall lanes serve Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 as Interstate 95 maintains six lanes under the Ben Franklin Bridge. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Drawing closer to downtown Philadelphia on Interstate 95. Opened fully in 1991, the Vine Street Expressway carries four overall lanes through downtown between the Delaware and Schuylkill Expressway. Until 1976 the urban freeway was to be apart of the Interstate 76 mainline. However Interstate 676 and 76 swapped designations when it was realized that the eastern extent of the Vine Street Expressway was still many years out in the mid 1970s. Photo taken 04/25/04.
The Delaware Expressway viaduct elevates on the southwest curve over Frankford Avenue, Allen Street, and Laurel Street. Exit 22 is signed with the control points of Callowhill Street for Independence National Historical Park (Independence Mall), Old City, and Chinatown. The Ben Franklin Bridge and the Vine Street Expressway are not directly connected. A series of surface street maneuvers is required to navigate between Interstate 95 and the bridge via the Callowhill Street off-ramp. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Interstate 95 turns southward at the Exit 22 ramp partition for the Vine Street Expressway. There is direct access between the Delaware Expressway and Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 westbound. Drivers eminating from the Ben Franklin Bridge merge onto the Vine Street Expressway after encountering a traffic signal at 6th Street. Photo taken 04/25/04.
A series of sign bridges prepare motorists for the Exit 22 ramp partition between the Vine Street Expressway west and the Callowhill Street off-ramp. The right-hand off-ramp descends into the intersection of Callowhill and N. 2nd Streets below. From there traffic can turn westward on Callowhill Street for Independence Mall or remain on 2nd Street southward to Arch Street. Arch Street travels westbound to N. 5th Street and the eastbound on-ramps to the Ben Franklin Bridge. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Partitioning of traffic between Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 east and westbound on the Exit 22 ramp. Westbound dips below grade west of 8th Street through the central business district. Ramps along the Vine Street Expressway, named for the corridor in which is parallels, exist for Broad Street (Pennsylvania 611), N. 22nd Street, and the Ben Franklin Parkway. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Looking back at the Interstate 95 mainline from the Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 westbound ramp. A Diagrammatic overhead prepares southbound motorists for the Exit 20 left-hand off-ramp for Penns Landing. The Ben Franklin Bridge rises above. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Westward view of downtown Philadelphia at the Exit 22 directional interchange. One Liberty Plaza and Two Liberty Plaza are the signature skyscrapers of the City of Brotherly Love. The tallest structure however is the One Pennsylvania Plaza high rise. Photo taken 07/30/95.
Traveling the southbound on-ramp to Interstate 95 from Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 (Vine Street Expressway) eastbound. Ramps to/from Interstate 676 enter/exit from the inner lanes of the Delaware Expressway. Ahead is the Exit 20 left-hand off-ramp onto Columbus Boulevard four blocks north of Washington Avenue. Photo taken 04/10/04.
Passing under the Market Street overpass on Interstate 95 southbound at the Vine Street Expressway eastbound ramp merge. An auxiliary overhead indicates that Exit 20 serves the Penns Landing area of Philadelphia. The neighborhood represents the Delaware River waterfront and strip along Columbus Boulevard from Race Street southward to Morris Street. Photo taken 04/10/04.
Ramps from Front Street onto Interstate 95 south and Columbus Boulevard onto Interstate 95 northbound join the fold at the Chestnut Street cut and cover tunnel. A Diagrammatic overhead advises motorists of the lane configuration as the Interstate 676 & U.S. 30 ramp finally merges onto the Delaware Expressway. Day photo taken 04/10/04; night photos taken from the South Street pedestrian overpass on 03/28/04.
Three overall lanes of Interstate 95 southbound progress through the Exit 20 interchange toward the Girard Point Bridge, Philadelphia International Airport, and Wilmington, Delaware. A large cut and cover tunnel complex shuttles the Delaware Expressway underneath the block of Dock and Spruce Streets. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park resides above the freeway. Photo taken 04/10/04.
Interstate 95 southbound emerges from the second tunnel at the South Street pedestrian overpass. The crossing links the South Street urban street mall and Society Hill with Penns Landing and Columbus Boulevard. Of historical note is that the Exit 20 ramps were to be apart of the never built South Street Expressway. Even with the freeway's demise, residents were still discouraged about a more elaborate ramp system from Interstate 95 onto the local street grid, so the ramps were trimmed back to just link Columbus Boulevard. Photo taken 04/10/04.
The addition of the Front Street on-ramp brings Interstate 95 southbound back up to four overall lanes. Pictured here is the first guide sign for the upcoming ramps with Interstate 76, the Walt Whitman Bridge, and Packer Avenue (Exit 19). Photo taken 04/10/04.
The Packer Avenue ramp component of Exit 19 actually exists in the form of a loop ramp onto Front Street. Front Street in turn links the freeway with the Packer Marine Terminals and food distribution center of Columbus Boulevard via Oregon Avenue and Pattison Avenue. Photo taken 04/10/04.
One half mile north of the Exit 19 interchange complex with Interstate 76 (Walt Whitman Bridge) and Packer Avenue (via Front Street). Attached to the sign bridge is a state-named reassurance shield for Interstate 95. The Walt Whitman Bridge crosses the Delaware River between South Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey. The suspension bridge opened to traffic in 1957 and carries seven overall lanes. Photo taken 04/10/04.
There is no direct access to Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) westbound from Interstate 95 southbound. Drivers that did not use the Vine Street Expressway to access Interstate 76 can use Packer Avenue westbound to the Broad Street (Pennsylvania 611) northbound on-ramp to the freeway. The Walt Whitman Bridge toll plaza exists just west of Interstate 95 and therefore no on-ramps are present between Broad Street and the Delaware River. Tolls are levied on westbound traffic only across the Walt Whitman Bridge. Photo taken 04/10/04.
Interstate 95 southbound near the Walt Whitman Bridge and Front Street ramps to the Delaware Expressway northbound. The westbound ascent of the suspension bridge itself passes over Interstate 95 ahead. Photo taken 04/10/04.
The Delaware Expressway curves westward and ascends in anticipation of the Girard Point Bridge crossing of the Schuylkill River. Associated with the south end of the bridge is the Exit 17 interchange with Pennsylvania 611's southern terminus. Pennsylvania 611 follows Broad Street throughout the city and county of Philadelphia. Photo taken 04/10/04.
Facing west on Interstate 95 southbound at the Exit 17 off-ramp for Broad Street and Pennsylvania 611 north. Pattison Avenue intersects Broad Street two blocks north of the Delaware Expressway. The Wachovia Center (home of the Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Flyers) and Wachovia Spectrum (home of the Philadelphia Phantoms) call Broad Street home between Exit 17 and Pattison Avenue. Just east Pennsylvania 611 on Pattison Avenue is Citizens Bank Ballpark (home of the Philadelphia Phillies) and Lincoln Financial Field (home of the Philadelphia Eagles). Photo taken 04/10/04.
Rising above the Philadelphia Naval Business Center and Roosevelt Park on the Girard Point Bridge southbound. What was once a shipbuilding facility for the United States Navy ceased to exist as a military entity on September 30, 1995 due to budget cuts. Photo taken 04/10/04.
The Girard Point Bridge spans the mouth of the Schuylkill River between the Philadelphia Naval Business Center and Philadelphia International Airport. The six-lane bridge features a double decked portion over the shipping channel itself. Southbound Interstate 95 uses the upper deck of the span. Photos taken 04/10/04.
Descending toward Fort Miffin on Interstate 95 southbound on the Girard Point Bridge. A wye interchange (Exit 15) links Interstate 95 with Enterprise Avenue. Enterprise Avenue from there travels west to Island Avenue. An auxiliary guide sign is also posted here for the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. The Wildlife Refuge exists wholly within the city of Philadelphia and was renamed from the Tinicum Wildlife Refuge in honor of Senator John Heinz. Heinz died April 4, 1991 in a plane crash in Philadelphia. Photo taken 04/10/04.
Parallelling the Girard Point Bridge to the west is the Pennsylvania 291 George C. Platte Bridge. The Platte Bridge carries four overall lanes and joins Interstate 95 with Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway). Photo taken 04/10/04.
Descending on Interstate 95 southbound toward the Exit 15 off-ramp to Enterprise Avenue and Island Avenue. Exit 14 departs in one mile for Bartram Avenue westbound to Essington Avenue. Essington Avenue becomes Passyunk Avenue to the north en route to Interstate 76 and Pennsylvania 291 (S. 26th Street). Photo taken 04/10/04.
Pennsylvania 291 (Pennrose Avenue) travels alongside the Gulf Oil and Sun Oil refineries between Bartram Avenue and S. 26th Street. Photo taken 04/10/04.
The Enterprise Avenue departs Interstate 95 southbound for Island Avenue and Fort Mifflin. A short distance west of Exit 15 is the Exit 14 ramp departure for Bartram Avenue westbound. Bartram Avenue parallels Interstate 95 between Pennsylvania 291 (Pennrose Avenue) and the intersection of Scott Way and Industrial Highway (Pennsylvania 291) west of the Philadelphia International Airport. Photo taken 04/10/04.
Replaced button copy sign for Exit 12 (Pennsylvania 291) on the 0.25-mile sign bridge for Bartram and Essington Avenues (Exit 14). Note the destination changes between the old signs and the 2002 installed version. Photo taken 10/13/01.
Additional views of the George Platte Bridge (Pennsylvania 291) from the southern end of the Girard Point Bridge on Interstate 95 south. There is no direct access between southbound and Pennsylvania 291 westbound here. However the Platte bridge can be reached by taking Bartram Avenue west to Island Avenue south. Island Avenue intersects Pennsylvania 291 (Pennrose Avenue) just west of the bridge approach. Photos taken 04/10/04.
Pennsylvania 291 east (Pennrose Avenue) carries all Interstate 76 east (Schuylkill Expressway) traffic onto Interstate 95 southbound for the Philadelphia International Airport, Chester, Wilmington, Delaware, and points south. Two overall lanes parallel Interstate 95 for a good distance before merging onto the six lane mainline. Photo taken 04/25/04.
New signs for Exits 12B/A were installed as part of the 2002 reconstruction project to build a direct ramp to the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Pictured here is the sign bridge displayed in the above photograph but from the mainline instead of the Pennsylvania 291 on-ramp. New ramps opened for the airport on June 28, 2002 as part of a $86.5 million project to built the new roadway and resurface Interstate 95 near the airport.2 Photo taken 04/10/04.
View of the button copy signs for Exits 12B/A and original concrete roadway at the scene depicted above. Although no sign of it exists today, an interchange was to have been built here for the Interstate 695 Crosstown Expressway. Had the freeway been constructed, Interstate 695 would have traveled north from the Philadelphia International Airport area to the Schuylkill Expressway west of center city. Opposition ultimately shelved that project by the mid 1970s. Photo taken 10/13/01.
The Exit 12 southbound ramp expands to two overall lanes as it leaves the Interstate 95 mainline. Meanwhile the Pennsylvania 291 eastbound ramp to Interstate 95 continues ultimately to become a collector/distributor roadway for Exits 12B/A. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Mainline view of the Exit 12B/A ramp split on Interstate 95 south. The aforementioned construction project for the airport ramps coincided with a repaving of Interstate 95. The 1985 concrete is now overlaid with asphalt. Photo taken 04/10/04.
The collector/distributor roadway expands to four overall lanes as Pennsylvania 291 traffic from the Platte Bridge and Schuylkill Expressway joins with Exit 12. Exit 12B departs first for Bartram Avenue westbound to Pennsylvania 291 (Industrial Highway) and the Cargo City aspect of Philadelphia International Airport. Photo taken 04/25/04.
Interstate 95 southbound travels under the flight path for Philadelphia International Airport. Therefore highway and sign lighting is orientated in such that it minimizes the impact to the runway lights and landing pilots. A pull-through panel includes the control cities of Chester and Wilmington, Delaware. Five miles separates Chester from the airport and 17 miles from the airport to Delaware's largest city. Photo taken 04/10/04.
Meanwhile on the southbound collector/distributor roadway is an expansion to five overall lanes. The left-hand two lanes carry Platte Bridge southbound traffic onto Interstate 95. Exit 12A carries two lanes to the Philadelphia International Airport Terminal. Exit 12B carries the right-hand lane onto Bartram Avenue north of the freeway. Photo taken 04/25/04.
All traffic bound for Interstate 95 south to Chester, Wilmington, Baltimore, Washington, and points south merges onto the mainline finally. Exits 12B/A continue to their split at the right. Photo taken 04/25/04.
A parting shot of the Exit 12B/A ramp split between Bartram Avenue and Philadelphia International Airport. The bridge in the background carries airport traffic southward onto Interstate 95. Photo taken 04/10/04.
The two-mile guide sign for Exits 9B/A with Pennsylvania 420 (Wanamaker Avenue) is posted at the Bartram Avenue under crossing. Interstate 95 leaves the Philadelphia International Airport here and City and County of Philadelphia. The overhead retains button copy lettering. Photo taken 04/25/04.

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Sources:
1 - Pennsylvania Highways: Interstate 95.
2 - 95Revive - Interstate 95 in Southeastern Pennsylvania (PennDOT).

Page Updated September 15, 2004.

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