Designed to simplify your ride: Officials talk big changes coming to I-95

Paul Kurtz
May 25, 2018 - 8:56 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Transportation officials in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are getting the word out to motorists about what they should expect to see when workers complete a project connecting I-95 with the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The big changes won't be coming in late September, but Memorial Day weekend finds work crews heading into the final phase of a project to connect I-95 to I-276 the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bristol.

Jay Roth, the lead engineer of this project, says, "This will enable motorists to stay on the highway and be able to make that trip into New Jersey and complete 95 and connect them to the New Jersey Turnpike on the Jersey side."

I-95 currently north of the turnpike may become the road less traveled when it gets wiped off the map and re-designated at I-295 up to the Scutter Falls Bridge and continuing into New Jersey.

Roth says that will create a beltway, "This is a long beltway because it begins down around Wilmington, Delaware crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge, heading up through New Jersey over into Pennsylvania and connecting with 95 here in Bucks County."

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Some changes motorists will see this summer will include:

  • In Bucks County, the current I-95 north of the PA Turnpike, crossing the Delaware River and bending south to Route 1 in New Jersey, will be re-named I-295 and become an east/west highway rather than north/south. So, if you get on the highway at Yardley heading toward Philadelphia, you’ll now be travelling on westbound I-295 rather than southbound I-95.
  • The PA Turnpike, currently known as I-276 east of King of Prussia, will be renamed I-95 when you reach the new Bristol interchange, and east into New Jersey until it connects with the NJ Turnpike at Exit 6.
  • For the first time, I-95 will be a continuous interstate from Maine to Florida, rather than being interrupted in central New Jersey – fulfilling the dreams of interstate highway planners dating back to the 1950s.

Crews are expected to be replacing over 2,000 signs in time for that ribbon cutting in late September.

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