When to Avoid I-76 and I-95 This Week

I-95 Traffic

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has scheduled several restrictions for I-76, I-95 and Front Street this week.

PennDOT workers will conduct bridge inspections.

Here’s the schedule this week:

Tuesday, July 25th
  • From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a lane closure is scheduled on westbound I-76 between the University Avenue and Interstate 676 interchanges.
Wednesday, July 26th
  • From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a lane closure is scheduled on eastbound I-76 between the Interstate 676 and University Avenue interchanges;
  • From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a right lane restriction is scheduled on northbound Front Street between Packer Avenue and Oregon Avenue.
Thursday, July 27th
  • From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., a right lane restriction is scheduled on northbound I-95 between the Walt Whitman Bridge/Packer Avenue and the Columbus Boulevard/Washington Avenue interchanges;
  • From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a left lane restriction is scheduled on southbound I-95 between the Columbus Boulevard/Washington Avenue and Walt Whitman Bridge/Packer Avenue interchanges.

Slowdowns are expected. Drivers should allow extra travel time when traveling through work areas.

PennDOT inspects bridges at least once every two years. For more information, visit the transportation organization’s website.

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When and Where (and How) to Avoid I-76 This Week

Here’s the good news: I-76 is getting repaved!

If you use the highway to travel through Montgomery County between I-476 and City Avenue, expect a smoother commute (literally, at least) this fall, thanks to a major improvement project.

And now for the bad news: Until then, construction could make driving through that stretch the Schuylkill Expressway a nightmare. Starting this week, PennDOT will begin the process of milling, overlaying and rehabilitating existing pavement (as well as installing new guide rails and rumble strips and repairing and replacing damaged traffic signs).

That means delays and congestion are even more inevitable than usual. PennDOT is advising commuters to use alternate routes or allow extra time when traveling through work areas.

Preliminary operations kicked off today. Here’s what to expect throughout the rest of the week:

Tuesday
  • From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., intermittent lane closures are scheduled on the eastbound lanes between I-476 and U.S. 1 (City Avenue).
Wednesday and Thursday
  • From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. intermittent lane closures are scheduled on the westbound lanes between U.S. 1 (City Avenue) and I-476.
Friday
  • From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. intermittent lane closures are scheduled on the eastbound and westbound lanes at the I-476 Interchange

Starting June 26th, motorists can expect daily overnight lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, expect lane closures between 9 p.m. and midmorning the next day.

The construction project is expected to wrap up this October. Until then, you might want to consider some alternate routes – including Conshohocken State Road (Rte. 23), Ridge Avenue or Henry Avenue (which connect to I-476 via Ridge Pike).

Best of luck out there!

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Here’s When to Avoid I-676 This Week

Alas, the time has come once again to avoid I-676 –  the highway will shut down for construction three nights this week.

The demolition of the 18th Street Bridge will force I-676 to close in both directions between the I-76 and Broad Street interchanges. The closures will go into effect at 11 p.m. and end at 5 a.m., starting tonight and lasting through Thursday.

As you probably guessed, it’s part of PennDOT’s ongoing $64.8 million bridge repair project. The 18th Street Bridge closed earlier this month and is expected to reopen (as a brand new bridge) in June of 2018.

The following detours will be in place overnight this week, per PennDOT:

For I-676 eastbound traffic:
• From I-76 east: Exit at 30th Street/Market Street (Exit 345); right at Arch Street; left at 30th Street; left at Market Street; left at 16th Street; right at Vine Street to the ramp to I-676 east;
• From I-76 west: Exit at 30th Street (Exit 345); take Schuylkill Avenue to Market Street; right at Market Street; left at 16th Street; right at Vine Street to the ramp to I-676 east; and
• Traveling east on Benjamin Franklin Parkway intending to use the 24th Street on-ramp: Follow Benjamin Franklin Parkway around Logan Circle and bear right onto Vine Street east; follow Vine Street to the ramp to I-676 east.

For I-676 westbound traffic:

• To I-76 East and West: Exit I-676 west at Broad Street (Route 611) Interchange; take 15th Street south; right on J.F.K. Boulevard; right on Schuylkill Avenue and follow signs to I-76 east and I-76 west;
• From 16th Street north of J.F.K. Boulevard: Follow 16th Street north; right at Spring Garden Street; right at 15th Street; right at J.F.K. Boulevard; right on Schuylkill Avenue to ramps to I-76 east and I-76 west; and
• From 16th Street south of J.F.K. Boulevard: Follow 16th Street north; left at J.F.K. Boulevard; right on Schuylkill Avenue to ramps to I-76 east and I-76 west.

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Report: Pa. Distracted Driving Citations Climbed 52 Percent in Two Years

Distracted driving citations rose by 52 percent in Pennsylvania between 2014 and 2016, according to a new analysis of court records.

The report was compiled by PA Courts InfoShare, part of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. It’s illegal to send, read or write text-based messages or emails while driving in Pennsylvania – and using headphones are earbuds are also forbidden while driving.  Read more »

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