VIDEO: 10-Car Pileup on Schuylkill Expressway Leaves 5 Injured

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Image via 6ABC video footage.

The massive crash involving ten cars happened this morning around 11 a.m. on the Schuylkill Expressway westbound, police say. The I-76 travel lanes heading westbound were shut down due to the pileup along the Conshohocken Curve. At least five people sustained injuries in the crash — shockingly, none of which were life-threatening. Read more »

We Won’t Be Driving on the Shoulders of the Schuylkill Expressway Anytime Soon

The Schuylkill Expressway westbound at the Conshohocken exit. A proposal to allow driving on the shoulder at peak hours may run into a few roadblocks. Photo | Krimpet via Wikimedia Commons, used under CC-BY-SA-3.0

The Schuylkill Expressway westbound at the Conshohocken exit. A proposal to allow driving on the shoulder at peak hours may run into a few roadblocks. Photo | Krimpet. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

The news earlier this month that PennDOT is considering opening the shoulders of the Schuylkill Expressway to general traffic at peak hours caused a stir in some circles, including ours.

There are indeed a number of people out there, including planners at PennDOT, who see this as a way to speed up traffic on the perennially clogged artery.

But before anyone can even think of traveling in these temporary third lanes, PennDOT has some engineering and design issues it needs to examine first. And PennDOT’s study doesn’t even attempt to answer the question: Is this wise policy to begin with?

Before getting to that question, though, let’s look at the other issues that need to be resolved first. Read more »

PennDOT Will Start Opening Shoulder Lane to Traffic on I-76

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The Schuylkill Expressway on a relatively traffic-free day.

The Schuylkill Expressway is probably the most hated road in Philadelphia. Everyone who’s driven on it hates it. Our own Sandy Hingston chronicled the 10 worst types of drivers on the despised road last year.

But PennDOT has a plan to alleviate congestion — without any additional construction work. During rush hour, drivers will be allowed to use the shoulder as an additional lane.

PennDOT revealed the plan at the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2016 economic conference yesterday. “We know we need to do something, and we know we are restricted by the steep slope of the bedrock on the one side and the river on the other side,” PennDOT secretary Leslie Richards said. There is no timeframe for this change yet, however. Read more »

These Are the 10 Worst Drivers on the Schuylkill Expressway

Illustration | Hawk Krall

Illustrations | Hawk Krall

This wasn’t the best day for my editor to ask if I wanted to write about driving on the Schuylkill Expressway. Today it took me an hour and 39 minutes to get from my front door to the parking garage across the street from our office building — a total distance of 37 of the most heavily traveled highway miles in the United States. That’s not bad. It’s about average, in fact, for my morning ride. Along the way, I encountered four pothole crews, three miscellaneous lane restrictions, two disabled vehicles, eight dead deer, countless rotting raccoons, and the same sweet company I have every single morning and night on this road.

Then again, this morning, for the first time in the 20-plus years I’ve made this commute, I found myself forming my hand into the shape of a gun and firing it at another driver. So yeah, maybe this is the right day to introduce you to my favorite traveling companions. In ascending order of assholedom, here are the 10 Worst Drivers on the Schuylkill Expressway. Read more »

I’m Not a Bad Driver. I Just Don’t Drive the Same Way You Do.

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America: What a country. A wonderful melting pot of races, ethnicities, religions, genders. More and more each day, it seems, we discover new differences between ourselves to treasure, write books about, and study as college electives. Acronyms abound! Hyphenation heightens! The more disparate we grow, the greater we become. We honor one another’s holidays, traditions, foods, clothing choices, musical styles. Only in this one arena do we all, each and every one of us, expect uniformity:

We want everyone else to drive exactly the way we do.

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